Russia, US continue to spy on each other
The embarrassing arrest of a suspected CIA officer in Moscow is the latest reminder that the U.S. and Russia are still engaged in an espionage battle with secret tactics, spying devices and specialized training.
US wants Bangladesh progress on labor standards
Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. wants to see Bangladesh move forward on improving labor standards after a building collapse that killed hundreds of garment workers.
Unemployment falls in 40 US states, rises in 3
Solid hiring helped push down unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show job markets are improving in most areas of the country.
Hagel names general to lead US in South Korea
An Army general who served as a top official on U.S. joint military staffs in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon is the choice to command U.S. troops in South Korea.
Benghazi probe co-chair subpoenaed by House panel
A House chairman has issued a subpoena to compel the review board that investigated last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya to answer questions about its findings in closed session.
Obama's budget will cut deficits by $1T by 2023
Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst says President Barack Obama's budget would trim projected federal deficits by $1.1 trillion over the coming decade.
US slams Russian missiles going to Syria
The Obama administration is criticizing Russia's decision to provide Syria with anti-ship missiles, which it says will only worsen the civil war.
GOP hopes IRS scandal will snag health care law
Political scandals cause collateral damage and Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will snag some really big game — President Barack Obama's health care law.
IRS scandal not about politics, former chief says
The massive scandal involving the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status was not about politics. That's according to Steven Miller, who was forced out this week as the agency's acting chief.
IRS too big, powerful and intrusive, House panel says
Democrats and Republicans on a House panel say the IRS should face more consequences for giving tougher treatment to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
NYC politician will resign, run for council amid sex scandal
Democratic New York City Assemblyman Vito Lopez announced on Friday that he will resign from his post -- amid a sexual harassment scandal -- and run for New York City council.
Governor to visit community ravaged by tornado
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning a visit on Friday afternoon to the community of Granbury, which was devastated by a tornado this week with winds of up to 200 miles an hour.
Another IRS official resigning amid tea party scandal
A second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the agency amid the ongoing controversy over the targeting of tea party groups.
Brady Campaign sues town over mandatory gun law
A gun control support group is suing a north Georgia town that has a law requiring gun ownership.
Afghans tell of US soldier's killing rampage
The U.S. military is preparing to court-martial a serviceman who reportedly went on a killing rampage during his tour of duty in Afghanistan -- which left 16 Afghan civilians, mainly women and children, dead.
Connecticut owed federal funds for Newtown, lawmakers say
Connecticut lawmakers are trying to secure federal funds, claiming that the government owes residents after failing to support federal legislation that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.
Obama will appoint budget chief to lead IRS, source says
A government official said Thursday that President Barack Obama will appoint senior White House budget officer Daniel Werfel to be the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
Senate takes up Moniz nomination for energy chief
The Senate has begun debate on President Barack Obama's nomination of physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the U.S. Energy Department.
Obama to name new IRS chief this week
An administration official says President Barack Obama will name a new acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service this week -- replacing ousted commissioner Steven Miller.
US civilians, soldiers killed by bomb blast in Afghanistan
A security firm has confirmed that four civilian contractors who were killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan on Thursday were American citizens. Two U.S. soldiers also died in the blast.
Senate confirms former nurse to run Medicare
The Senate has confirmed a former nurse to run Medicare and other government health insurance programs with a combined budget that surpasses the Pentagon's.
IRS scandal started by 'rogues' in Ohio office, report says
Two "rogue" workers in a southern Ohio government office were the ones principally responsible for the IRS's overly aggressive handling of conservative groups' tax applications over the last two years, the agency's chief reportedly said Wednesday.
US envoy says China OK to continue North Korea sanctions
The top U.S. envoy on North Korea said Wednesday that China has indicated it will continue to implement sanctions against Pyongyang.
Iran refuses to allow UN to re-launch nuclear investigation
U.N. nuclear agency officials have again failed to reach a deal with Iran, which would allow the agency to re-launch its probe of suspicions that Tehran might have worked on nuclear arms.
Family drama adds intrigue to Illinois governor's race
Politics has long been a family business in Illinois. But the family drama shaping up around the next governor's race is adding a new layer of intrigue at the state Capitol.
Justice Dept. chief has lot to answer for on Capitol Hill
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that a serious national security leak made it necessary for the Justice Department to secretly gather telephone records from The Associated Press.
Delegate pushes bill that could make Puerto Rico 51st state
Puerto Rico's representative in Congress is seeking an unprecedented yes-or-no vote on whether the island should become the 51st state -- a measure that is riling many in the U.S. territory.
US Navy tests anti-mine drones in Persian Gulf drills
The U.S. Navy is putting underwater drones through wartime-style drills as part of international mine-clearing exercises in the Persian Gulf -- following similar maneuvers by Iran.
Attorney General under scrutiny over IRS scandal
The targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is among the issues which Attorney General Eric Holder is certain to face questions about on Wednesday from a House committee.
New US drone could eliminate need for foreign bases
A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday, in a test flight that could eventually open the way for launching unmanned aircraft from just about any place in the world.
Obama has 'abandoned' Gitmo detainees, prisoner says
A detainee at the Guantanamo Bay naval prison said Tuesday he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world, after spending more than 10 years at the facility.
Republican chairman says AG Holder should resign
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Tuesday that Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over the Justice Department's decision to secretly obtain telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.
Nearly 90 charged in Medicare fraud busts across US
Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning across eight cities.
Senate panel approves US ambassador to Libya
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
Budget office estimates 2013 deficit at $642 billion
A new government estimate said Tuesday the budget deficit for the current year will arrive well under what was projected just a few months ago.
AP phone records seizure due to 'grave' security leak, DOJ says
Attorney General Eric Holder said he played no direct role in the secret review of Associated Press phone records, but noted that it was part of an investigation into what he called a grave national security leak.
Criminal charges possible in IRS targeting case
The people at the IRS who made sure that conservative groups got an extra-hard look at their applications for tax-exempt status may be looking at criminal charges.
Attorney General orders investigation into IRS scandal
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he has ordered a Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.
A look at how Russia, US still spy on each other
Russian spies still operate in the U.S. and American spies operate in Russia, whose security services claim they've caught a CIA official trying to recruit a Russian agent. Here are some other cases of apparent spying between the old rivals.
Leaders want IRS workers behind targeting scheme fired
Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's admission that it targeted conservative political groups.
British PM visits Boston to discuss marathon bombing
British Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to offer his condolences and discuss lessons that can be learned from the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
Justice Dept. gets AP phone records in 'unprecedented intrusion'
The U.S. Justice Department has secretly obtained two months of telephone records made by journalists for The Associated Press, in what AP's top executive said is an "unprecedented intrusion" into news gathering.
GOP pushes Libya probe, Obama rejects talk of a cover-up
Republicans are pushing ahead with their investigations of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last year -- even as President Barack Obama rejects charges of a cover-up.
Bed rest may aggravate troubled pregnancies, study finds
New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies — bed rest — doesn't seem to prevent premature birth, and might even aggravate that risk.
Democrats at odds over rare California budget surplus
California is enjoying a revenue surplus for a change, and that's causing disagreement among Democrats regarding how to spend the extra money.
Entrepreneur caught up in growing political drama
Lavish gifts and political donations have whisked a car salesman-turned-serial entrepreneur into the center of a growing scandal dogging two top Republicans in Virginia's government.
IRS' targeting of conservatives 'outrageous', Obama says
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will investigate the IRS' targeting of conservative political groups, joining a growing list of congressional panels looking into the matter, officials said Monday.
Nearly 150 airport control towers will stay open
The Transportation Departments said Friday that nearly 150 control towers at small airports across the nation -- which were scheduled for closure -- will remain open at least through the end of September.
Greenhouse gas at highest levels in two million years
Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air have hit a milestone of 400 parts per million -- which is the highest they have been in about two million years, one expert said Friday.
Think tank official resigns amid immigrant IQ remark
A co-author of a disputed Heritage Foundation report on a new immigration bill has resigned amid controversy over claims he made about immigrants having low intelligence levels.
North Korea could have nukes in five years, officials worry
After three tests of a long-range rocket that puts North Korea closer to getting a missile capable of sending a nuclear warhead to U.S. shores, some believe that in as little as five years Pyongyang may have a frightening nuclear arsenal.
UN rights chief alarmed over Syrian troop buildup
The U.N.'s top human rights official said she is alarmed by reports of a major troop buildup around a rebel-held town in western Syria, and fears more atrocities will occur if the area is overrun.
Obama wants review of gender-based pay disparities
President Barack Obama is giving the federal personnel director six months to submit a strategy to address gender-based pay disparities in the U.S. workforce.
Cuban spy officially stripped of US citizenship
A Cuban intelligence agent who served 13 years in a U.S. prison has officially been stripped of his American citizenship.
Republicans to back Obama's student loan idea
The GOP-led House Education and Workforce Committee is backing an idea in Obama's budget proposal to link student loan interest rates to market rates.
Health centers get $150 million to help uninsured
The Obama administration says that community health centers around the country will get $150 million to help uninsured Americans sign up for health insurance coverage under the new health care law.
Prince Harry opens weeklong US visit
Britain's Prince Harry toured an exhibition about land mines, a cause dear to his late mother, Princess Diana, to open a weeklong U.S. visit devoted to the wounded victims of war.
Lawmakers go undercover in NY corruption probe
New York lawmakers are eyeing each other, watching every word they say and making only half-joking suggestions that they should start every meeting with a mutual pat-down.
US granted access to captive citizen held in Venezuela
Venezuela's government granted U.S. diplomats on Thursday access to a California man who is being held there while he awaits trial on charges of espionage and spurring unrest in the South American nation.
Kerry determined to resolve questions on Benghazi
Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he is determined to answer any and all questions related to the 2012 terror attack in Libya -- and that anyone involved will be dealt with appropriately.
Arab resolution to UN backs transition in Syria
An Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria, and strongly condemning the regime's escalating use of heavy weapons and "gross violations" of human rights, has been circulated to the United Nations.
Detained American smuggled propaganda, North Korea says
North Korea said on Thursday that an American man they have detained smuggled inflammatory literature into the country, and tried to establish a base for insurgent activities at a North Korean hotel.
FAA to staff 72 airport control towers at night
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will keep 72 airport towers open, as well as other control facilities that were slated to close overnight as the result of spending cuts imposed by Congress.
Syria's future cannot include Assad, White House says
The White House on Wednesday said the U.S. doesn't include current president Bashar Assad in Syria's future, but added that it's up to opposition forces to decide which elements of Assad's regime might stay.
Texas aims to remove legal risk of saying 'Merry Christmas'
On the brink of summer, defending Christmas is apparently on the wish list of the Texas Legislature -- which on Wednesday approved a bill that aims to remove legal risks of saying "Merry Christmas" in public schools.
NJ gov says he had secret weight loss surgery
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent gastric band weight-loss surgery in February to try and shed pounds, the Republican head of state admitted on Wednesday.
African-American voter turnout surpassed Caucasians in '12
New census data showed on Wednesday that, for the first time in history, African-Americans turned out to vote in 2012 at higher rates than Caucasians did.
Majority Leader wants bill on military sexual assault
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants legislation that would strip military officers of the ability to overturn convictions for sexual assault.
Names revealed of nine people secretly recorded in scandal
A federal judge has released the names of nine people, including six state senators and New York City councilman, who were secretly recorded by a former New York state senator embroiled in a corruption scandal.
Peruvian, Chilean presidents to visit White House
The White House says Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will visit travel to Washington in June and meet with President Barack Obama.
Feds get closer look at iffy phone bill charges
When an unauthorized fee appears on your phone bill, it's called "cramming" -- and regulators worry it's emerging as a significant problem as people increasingly ditch their landlines for wireless phones.
Despite exemption, food stamp program likely to see cuts
One of the few programs exempted from this year's automatic spending cuts, the government's food stamp program -- which helps feed 1 in every 7 Americans -- is likely to get trimmed, but it's uncertain by how much.
NM legislators receive pensions, but no salary
New Mexico is the only state in the nation where legislators don't receive a salary, but collect a pension -- a unique and generous program that has raised questions as lawmakers trim benefits for some government workers.
Kerry to return for a new effort on Mideast peace
Secretary of State John Kerry says he will be returning to the Middle East in two weeks to push forward peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.
US to provide $100M in new humanitarian Syria aid
U.S. officials say the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid — but the money is for humanitarian purposes and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
Vatican, US Treasury agree to share financial data
The Vatican has signed an agreement with the U.S. Treasury Department to exchange financial information as part of its efforts to comply with international anti-money laundering and anti-terror financing norms.
Sexual perpetrators in military betraying their uniform, Obama says
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that military personnel who engage in sexual assault are betraying the uniform they are wearing, and urged the Pentagon to take action to prevent future incidents.
Americans cut back on credit card use in March
Americans cut back on using their credit cards in March, suggesting that many were reluctant to take on high-interest debt to make purchases, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.
Gov't says VA dysfunctional in building hospitals
Government auditors say the construction of four veterans' medical centers is taking, on average, about three years longer to complete than estimated -- and cost more than $350 million more than planned.
US, Russia pledge teamwork on Syria peace plan
Russia and the United States pledged on Tuesday to push the Assad regime and rebels in Syria into talks on a political transition -- as the Syrian leader issued his first remarks on an Israeli strike over the weekend.
Analysis: Syria has limited response options
The relatively tepid response to Israel's breach of Syrian sovereignty over the weekend highlighted Syria's limited options as he is bogged down at home in a fight for survival against armed rebels.
Military sex assault victims still hesitant to speak out
Thousands of victims of sexual assaults in the military are still unwilling to come forward -- despite a slew of oversight and assistance programs, government statistics revealed Tuesday.
Mississippi Supreme Court blocks scheduled execution
The Mississippi Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed Tuesday evening's scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of the 1992 slayings of two college students.
US military death toll in Afghanistan at over 2,000
As of Tuesday, at least 2,083 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
Fatal crashes involving cell phones underreported, study finds
An analysis of state and federal data suggests that cell phone use by drivers involved in fatal crashes is seriously under-reported, a new study showed Tuesday.
US team stopped from going to Libya, diplomat says
A former top diplomat in Libya says a team of U.S. special forces ready to head to Benghazi, Libya, after the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission was told to stand down.
US man held in Venezuela a 'nightmare', family says
The family of a California man held in Venezuela for nearly two weeks says U.S. officials have had no access to him during what they call the "nightmare" that has unfolded since he was accused of fomenting post-election unrest.
Feds add bigger, faster planes to wildfire fleet
The U.S. Forest Service is gearing up for a tough wildfire season by adding to its large air tanker fleet seven planes that fly faster and will drop a bigger payload of fire retardant than in the past.
Chinese waging cyberattacks against US, Pentagon says
The Pentagon for the first time is officially accusing the Chinese government and military with conducting computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.
Migraine drugs may impact child intelligence
Health officials are warning doctors and potential mothers that certain medications used to treat migraine headaches can impact children's intelligence if taken while their mothers are pregnant.
US says Syrian president behind possible chemical attack
The White House said Monday it's highly probable that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime -- not the rebel opposition -- was behind possible chemical weapons use in Syria.
NY judge urged not to delay morning-after decision
Reproductive rights advocates have asked a New York judge not to delay a plan to let women and teenage girls buy morning-after birth control over-the-counter without a prescription.
California cities can ban marijuana shops, court says
California's highest court said on Monday that local governments have the legal authority to ban storefront marijuana shops within their borders.
Immigration bill will cost $6.3T, opposition group says
The Republican-led Heritage Foundation is claiming in a new report that bipartisan immigration legislation pending in the Senate would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion.
Brown, Democrats wrangle over Medicaid expansion
California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care law and its Democratic political leadership was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion. But it turns out that saying yes was the easy part.
White House 'horrified' at reports of Syria killings
The White House said on Sunday that it is "horrified" by reports that more than 100 people were executed Thursday in a western Syrian town -- under the direction of President Assad's regime.
New bill could set off oil and gas rush in Illinois
Southern Illinois residents are bracing for change, as the state Legislature considers a regulatory bill that could set off a rush to drill for oil and gas there.
Ex-Indy governor, HHS head Bowen dies at 95
Former U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary Otis R. Bowen -- who helped promote same sex practices in the early years of the AIDS crisis as the top federal health official -- died Saturday at the age of 95.
NRA urges members to never surrender guns
The National Rifle Association is imploring members to never surrender their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts that he said will "destroy us and every ounce of our freedom."
Leaders exploiting tragedy of shootings, Palin says
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says recent mass shootings have prompted leaders in Washington, D.C., to exploit tragedy in order to limit the freedoms of law-abiding people.
Minnesota passes steep bump in minimum wage
A bill that could eventually give Minnesota the nation's highest minimum wage cleared the House on Friday, though it could be throttled back a bit before it becomes law.
Former US senator says gun rights 'come from God'
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday praised the National Rifle Association as "warriors" who are defending the U.S. Constitution.
Nightfall suspends search for crew of US plane crash
The search for three crew members of an American military plane that crashed in Asia has been suspended for the night, due to the onset of darkness, authorities said Friday.
Fire shuts down Labor Department building in DC
An overnight fire at the U.S. Labor Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. shut the building down for most employees, authorities said Friday.
US names experienced diplomat as new Afghan envoy
The Obama administration has tapped a veteran American diplomat to be the new U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
South Carolina budget says no junk food for governor
Lawmakers in South Carolina have inserted a clause in the 2013-14 budget plan that would prohibit the state's governor from buying junk food with public money -- as a response to efforts to fight obesity.
White House revises spending cuts to find more money
The White House budget office is recalculating how to apply automatic spending cuts for a handful of agencies, freeing up almost $4 billion for the Pentagon and another $1 billion or so for homeland security and NASA.
Senator says gov't should focus on prosecuting gun crimes
A U.S. senator said on Friday that the federal government should focus its efforts into prosecuting criminals who illegally buy guns -- rather than trying to pass newer, tighter gun control laws.
Air Force 'WaveRider' aircraft flies at hypersonic speeds
An experimental unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force on Friday flew hypersonic -- more than five times the speed of sound -- in a test off California.
US calls on Guyana to revoke radio frequencies
The U.S. government has joined a growing list of international agencies calling on authorities in Guyana to immediately revoke radio frequencies issued to those closely connected to the South American country's ruling party.
Obama visits divided, impoverished Central America
President Barack Obama on Friday traveled to a Central America that continues to be plagued by violence, drug trafficking, corruption and poverty, despite the success of a decade-old trade agreement with the U.S.
Border agents must ensure valid student visas, DHS says
Starting immediately, border agents have to make sure that every international student arriving in the United States has a valid student visa -- a reaction to a development in the Boston Marathon investigation.
Nations wrap nuclear talks aimed at Iran, North Korea
Nations have concluded a round of global nuclear talks, expressing alarm that many nuclear weapons are kept on a high-alert level and are modernized, despite repeated promises to get rid of them.
US pledges to help with Mexico's security, Obama says
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. plans to cooperate with Mexico on security issues, in forming an evolving relationship to assist in any way Mexico's government sees appropriate.
Bonuses paid to VA hospital bosses under scrutiny
A House committee chairman has again criticized cash bonuses paid to executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, in light of deadly difficulties experienced at some of the nation's VA hospitals.
Senator wants to know how Boston student got into US
A Republican senator wants to know how a student from Kazakhstan, charged with helping cover up for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was allowed to enter the country without a valid visa.
Bill would give parents control of kids' networking sites
The California state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow parents to remove their children's personal information from social networking sites.
Resale of unsafe guns limited under Assembly bill
Peace officers and members of the military seeking to resell handguns not approved by the California Department of Justice could sell them only to other authorized individuals, under a bill headed to the state Senate.
North Korea moving toward nuclear missile, Pentagon says
North Korea appears to be headed toward its announced goal, which is to be able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile, the Pentagon said Thursday.
US economic reports hold out hope for hiring gains
Data released Thursday raised hopes for U.S. job growth in coming months, which help energize the economy -- which has yet to recover fully nearly four years after the Great Recession officially ended.
US asks North Korea for release of imprisoned American
The U.S. is calling for North Korea to grant an amnesty for the immediate release of a Korean-American who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for "hostile acts" against the totalitarian nation.
Anger rises with US military drone strikes in Yemen
The U.S. has stepped up use of drone strikes in Yemen, scoring successes against one of the world's biggest terror strongholds. But it has also meant more civilians getting caught in the crossfire.
Judge says evidence exists for Ricin suspect's trial
A judge says there is sufficient evidence for a grand jury to hear the case against a Mississippi man charged in connection with the ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator.
Survey finds most of US supports Redskins name
Four in five Americans do not believe the NFL's Washington Redskins should change the team's nickname, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll announced Thursday.
UN report says robots should not have power to kill
A draft United Nations report says that killer robots that can attack targets without any human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings."
Obama fills Cabinet post vacant since last summer
President Barack Obama is nominating longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department and economic adviser Michael Froman to be the U.S. Trade Representative.
Security to cast shadow over Obama's Mexico trip
President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus economic relations between the U.S. and Mexico, even as fresh questions about security cooperation threaten to cast a shadow over the president's visit to the southern neighbor.
Cuba still shows up on US list of terror sponsors
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that it has no plans to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, when it issues an upcoming annual report on terrorism.
Syria may be gaining momentum, confidence in civil war
Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the civil war is shifting in their favor, due to the rapid rise of extremists among the rebels and the world's reluctance to intervene.
House approves fixed 4-year Texas college tuition prices
Public universities in Texas would have to offer students fixed four-year tuition prices under a bill that cleared a key House vote on Wednesday.
Text of the Federal Reserve's statement Wednesday
Here is the statement the Federal Reserve released Wednesday after its two-day policy meeting:
Obama signs bill to end air traffic controller furloughs
President Barack Obama signed into law a bill on Wednesday to end furloughs of air traffic controllers, which stemmed from across-the-board federal spending cuts that took effect in March.
Boston suspect entered US without visa, official says
A U.S. official said that one of the students from Kazakhstan arrested Wednesday as an after-the-fact accomplice in the Boston Marathon bombings entered the United States this year without a valid student visa.
North Korean reactor almost finished, experts say
A U.S.-based institute said Wednesday that North Korea is nearing completion of a light-water reactor that's intended to generate electricity but could add to concern over its nuclear program.
Syrian envoy wants to quit, says job is impossible
Diplomats at the United Nations said on Wednesday that Lakhdar Brahimi wants to resign as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria.