By By MALCOLM RITTERAP Science Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The woman who was a key figure in the federal government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Wednesday she will leave her post at the end of February.
"I have decided to return to my family and academia," Jane
By By NEDRA PICKLERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Inaugural security teams are trying to prevent another "purple tunnel of doom" from President Barack Obama's first swearing-in.
The head of the District of Columbia National Guard said Wednesday that police will close the Third Street
By By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama will decide shortly how many U.S. troops he wants to keep in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led coalition military mission ends in December 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday as he opened
By By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is drawing no "red line" for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly rewarding the reclusive communist nation with too much
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will hold a conference call Wednesday at the White House with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders.
The call will focus on growing the economy, preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families and finding ways to reduce the deficit.
By By JULIE PACEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Playing both sides, President Barack Obama is trying to balance his public pressure campaign on Republicans over the looming "fiscal cliff" with his private negotiations with GOP leaders.
The White House is loath to abandon the two-pronged
By By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans aren't budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining big automatic tax hikes and sweeping spending cuts
ALI AL-SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will decide in the next few weeks how many U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December 2014.
Panetta did not reveal what options Obama is
By By MATTHEW PENNINGTONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Tuesday condemned North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket, calling it a "highly provocative act" that threatens regional security.
Tuesday's launch, which caught the world by surprise,
CHICAGO (AP) - The wife of Jesse Jackson Jr. said Tuesday that she's not interested in running for the U.S. House seat her husband held for nearly 17 years, ending talk that she was eying the Chicago-area district.
"No. I am not a candidate for Congress," Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson told