By LAURA MILLSAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an amnesty that could pardon jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, in what appeared to be legislation carefully tailored to send a symbolic message to the West before the showcase
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.
The Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster
By CHARLES BABINGTONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leaders are criticizing a bipartisan budget deal, parting ways with their House counterparts who shepherded the measure through that chamber last week.
The split makes it harder for the Republican Party to present a united
By FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won't be the last word on the
By BRADLEY BROOKSAssociated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the
By MATTHEW LEEAP Diplomatic Writer
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The United States will provide the Philippines' security forces with $40 million in new assistance in part to help the country protect its territorial waters amid rising tensions with China over disputes in the South China Sea, U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is letting legally married same-sex couples claim some health care tax benefits for this year.
A notice Monday by the IRS and Treasury Department will let the couples take advantage this year of the Supreme Court's June ruling invalidating part of the
By LAURAN NEERGAARDAP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.
Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations
By HENRY C. JACKSONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee announced Monday it was launching a formal investigation of a Florida congressman who pleaded guilty last month to cocaine possession.
Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and ranking Democrat Linda Sanchez said
By DARLENE SUPERVILLEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama loved Barbie dolls as a girl. She now prefers Christmas without snow, after living most of her life in Chicago. She isn't sure how she'll celebrate her 50th birthday in about a month but says "it might involve some