Budget peace breaks out
The White House is applauding a bipartisan House vote to approve a two-year budget agreement.
Kerry back to Mideast to push peace talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year.
Daines among 94 votes against budget deal
Montana's lone congressman is one of 94 representatives who voted against a bipartisan deal to ease federal spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns.
Associate of former Utah AG facing felony charges
Two Utah prosecutors have filed six felony charges of bribery, witness tampering, obstructing justice and other accounts against a longtime associate of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
Orr: Detroit pensions still at risk in bankruptcy
Detroit's emergency manager says an effort to raise $500 million to help retirees still won't prevent pension cuts as the city works on a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
US House Speaker takes on conservative critics
Boehner is speaking out against right-leaning interest groups like Heritage Action, defending a budget agreement that they and other groups attacked before it was even made public.
US House weighs comprehensive defense bill
The House is close to passing a defense bill that would cover combat pay and new aircraft and ships and take steps to address sexual assault in the ranks.
With no end in sight, Democrats continue to confirm nominees
Senate Democrats are continuing their march ahead with confirmation votes, using the new rules that limit the ability of Republicans to block them.
Some from Newtown join vigil at National Cathedral
Members of the Newtown, Conn., community, including the parent of a teacher killed in a school massacre last year, are joining a vigil at the National Cathedral to remember those killed by gun violence.
De Blasio, other mayors-elect to visit White House
New York City's Bill de Blasio will join other newly elected mayors at the White House. President Barack Obama has invited 16 mayors for a Friday discussion on urban issues.
Missing American in Iran was working for CIA
An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA.
White House won't dispute North Korean execution story
The White House on Thursday said it can't independently confirm reports of the execution of the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but said it has "no reason to doubt" the report.
North Korea executes Kim Jong Un' uncle for treason
North Korean state media said Thursday that Kim Jong Un's uncle has been executed as a traitor -- while calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."
UN chief gets report on Syria chemical weapons use
The chief U.N chemical weapons inspector on Thursday handed down his final report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
US Navy investigator will plead guilty in bribery case, lawyer says
The lawyer for a senior U.S. Navy investigator said Thursday that his client plans to plead guilty in a massive bribery scheme involving an Asian defense contractor.
Feds try to smooth out rocky health care transition
The Obama administration is strongly encouraging health insurance companies to cut consumers some slack in January, when new coverage takes effect under the president's massive overhaul.
Ex-Senate chief of staff faces child porn charges in court
The former chief of staff for a Tennessee senator made his first court appearance in Washington Thursday, on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Lawmakers pass farm law extension as firm deal advances
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed an extension of farm law until the end of January, as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bill.
Report says women face greater obstacles in federal careers
According to a new report, women in the federal workforce continue to face more obstacles than men do -- in reaching top positions and salaries, despite significant strides made in recent years.
White House promises to resolve concerns over press access
President Barack Obama wants to address growing media concerns about limited access to his events -- including the restricted coverage of his trip to South Africa with former President George W. Bush, the White House said Thursday.
Spanish prime minister to visit White House, discuss trade
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House next month to discuss international trade, officials announced on Thursday.
More than 200 sickened by marijuana in Colorado, CDC says
Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened more than 200 people in Colorado during an outbreak earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.
Many states ask FDA to rethink painkiller approval
State prosecutors are asking the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro, saying that the narcotic pill could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
US cracks down on companies evading Iran sanctions
The Obama administration is targeting several companies and individuals for evading international sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Iran's nuclear program.
US continues support of Syrian moderates, Pentagon says
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the U.S. will continue to support the moderate opposition in Syria, but non-lethal aid will be suspended until the U.S. can get a clear assessment on the status of military equipment seized by militants.
Cell phone calls on airplanes up to airlines, FCC says
As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making mobile phone calls from airplanes, another federal agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
Health website glitches force extension for most ill patients
Technology problems with President Barack Obama's health care website are forcing the administration to extend a federal insurance plan for some of the sickest patients by a month.
Broker of US budget deal says it's best available option
The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress conceded Thursday that the political accommodation is modest, but said it moves a fiscally-challenged government "in the right direction."