• A sign is seen outside a Macy's retail store in San Francisco, California August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

    Macy’s Joins Barneys In Brewing NYC ‘Shop-And-Frisk’ Scandal

    NEW YORK  – New York’s civil rights leaders on Saturday angrily decried the city’s brewing “shop-and-frisk” scandal, in which two major retailers stand accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were detained by police after buying luxury items.
    “We’ve gone […]

  • NSA Spying Threatens To Hamper U.S. Foreign Policy

    NSA Spying Threatens To Hamper U.S. Foreign Policy

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome and Paris to talk about Mideast peace, Syria and Iran but was confronted by outrage over the sweep and scope of U.S. snooping abroad. President Barack Obama already has defended […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Capital Factory Founder Josh Baer (C) and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park during a tour of Capital Factory, a tech start-up incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    Obama’s Tech Expert Becomes Target Over Healthcare Website Woes

    Todd Park has gone from steering his healthcare information technology company through a blockbuster IPO to occasionally sleeping on a mat in his office while working to repair the troubled new U.S. government healthcare website.
    Park, the chief technology officer for […]

  • Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI listens at left as Andy Slavitt, representing QSSI's parent company, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Healthcare.gov Failures Surface At Hill Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The leading contractors on the Obama administration’s troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.
    Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving […]

  • From left, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida CEO Patrick Geraghty, and other health care chief executive officers arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, to meet with White House officials regarding President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Health Care Sign-Up Snags, Fix-it Efforts Detailed

    WASHINGTON — On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problem-plagued health insurance website didn’t get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable.
    Democratic unhappiness […]

  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site, www.healthcare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    President Obama Calls Trusted Fixer To Help Health Care Site

    WASHINGTON  — When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles was overrun by demand, President Barack Obama assigned Jeffrey Zients, his deputy budget director, to help eliminate the backlog.
    When […]

  • A  Sparks Middle School student cries and is comforted after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after a shooting at SMS in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nev. A  middle school student opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police said Monday. The lone suspected gunman was also dead, though it's unclear whether the student committed suicide. (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)

    Police: Middle School Shooter Got Gun From Home

    SPARKS, Nev.  — Authorities say the student who opened fire on a Nevada middle school campus, wounding two students and killing a teacher, got the weapon from his home.
    Washoe County School District Police said Tuesday they are still working to […]

  • Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey celebrate after exchanging vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J.  history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    N.J. Governor Ends Gay Marriage Fight As Couples Wed

    TRENTON, N.J.  — Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle.
    Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the […]

  • Mourners hold candles to honor the memory of two workers who were killed during a train accident in Walnut Creek, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Two federal accident investigators arrived in the San Francisco Bay area on Sunday to examine the deaths of two transit workers who on Saturday, were struck by an out-of-service commuter train performing routine maintenance against the backdrop of a labor strike. (AP Photo/Eric Slomanson)

    SF Transit Strike Has Commuters Facing Gridlock

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day.
    At the same time, federal investigators were […]

  • President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches.
    Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first […]

  • Morning commuters walk on Wall Street in New York's financial district September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Despite Debt Drama, U.S. Still Outshining Europe

    LONDON – If Wall Street’s record high is a signpost, the U.S. economy has every chance of pulling further ahead of a stuttering Europe despite new battles to come in Washington over the government’s budget and debt ceiling.
    Far from sapping […]

  • 5 Die As Motorcycles, SUV Crash In Southern Pa.

    5 Die As Motorcycles, SUV Crash In Southern Pa.

    WAYNESBORO, Pa.  — Five people were killed when two motorcycles collided with an SUV in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line.
    Washington Township police said two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV on Saturday afternoon in […]

  • 2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite a labor strike keeping trains out of service, two workers inspecting the tracks of a San Francisco Bay Area transit system were hit and killed by a train returning from a routine maintenance trip, officials said.
    The […]

  • The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    Nearly Half Million Apply For Obamacare Despite Rollout Flaws

    WASHINGTON  – Roughly half a million Americans have applied for health insurance through new federal- and state-run exchanges under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, an administration official said on Saturday.
    That figure comes as problems with the federal marketplace’s entry […]

  • A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    Source: JPMorgan In Tentative $13 Billion Deal With U.S. Justice Deptartment

    WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase & Co has reached a tentative $13 billion agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a range of mortgage issues, a source familiar with the talks said on Saturday.
    The tentative deal does not release the […]

  • Roxanne Sanchez, left, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, left, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers may go on strike at midnight unless management agrees to enter into arbitration to resolve a remaining issue, a union leader said Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    San Francisco Bay Area Transit Workers Call For 2nd Strike In 4 Months

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — People in the San Francisco Bay area faced a frustrating Friday commute as workers for the region’s largest transit system walked off the job for the second time in four months.
    Officials from both unions representing workers for […]

  • FILE - This Sept. 19, 2007 file photo shows the National Security Agency building at Fort Meade, Md. The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Report: NSA and CIA Collaborate On Drone Strikes

    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after voting on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., listen.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Gov’t Reopens After Congress Ends 16-Day Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.
    Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, […]

  • U.S. Congress Ends Default Threat, Obama Signs Debt Bill

    U.S. Congress Ends Default Threat, Obama Signs Debt Bill

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.
    Capping weeks of […]

  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Booker Wins Senate Seat In NJ, Must Campaign Soon

    NEWARK, N.J.  — Democrat Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate through next year, but the rising political star will have to return to the campaign trail almost immediately to run for […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Kaster)

    Deal Reached To Avoid Default And Open Government

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.
    The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news […]

  • President Barack Obama, center, and Vice President Joe Biden, center left,  meet with Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. Sitting with them are from left to right, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senators Seek Budget Deal, House GOP Effort Flops

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.
    Pressured […]

  • In this framegrabbed image from APTN the entrance to the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles can be seen Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013. A baggage handler was arrested Tuesday in connection with dry ice explosions Sunday and Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after police stepped up patrols and increased its checks on employees. Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. (AP PhotoAPTN)

    Ground Employee Arrested In LA Airport Ice Blasts

    LOS ANGELES  — A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.
    Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked Tuesday for possession of a […]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives democratic leadership walk away from the media after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Fiscal Talks Stumble As Lawmakers Race Against Clock

    WASHINGTON – Stop-start negotiations to end the U.S. fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching on Tuesday for a way to reopen the government and raise the country’s debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline.
    Fitch Ratings […]

  • FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Report: NSA Collecting Millions Of Contact Lists

    WASHINGTON  — The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world – including those of Americans – in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada takes the elevator after a rare Senate session on Capitol Hill in  Washington, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Default Looming, Day 14 Of Shutdown, No Solution

    WASHINGTON  — The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets U.S. Senate Democrats in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 12, 2013. Pictured are (L-R) Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA). REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Senate Leader ‘Confident’ Fiscal Crisis Can Be Averted

    WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington.
    “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
    “I’m […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.  For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients can expect an historically small increase in benefits come January 2014.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

    Social Security Raise To Be Among Lowest In Years

    WASHINGTON — For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of roughly 1.5 percent, which would be among […]

  • FILE Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. The Wisconsin veteran hasn’t let the federal shutdown shut Her down. Threat returned from active duty in Afghanistan in July. Since then, she’s been in the Army Reserve and working as a civilian at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin _ until last week when she was furloughed. Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program. As part of the effort to keep students safe while traveling to school, the veteran branch of the program is coordinated by the group No Veteran Left Behind. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Furloughed Workers Pinching Pennies, Volunteering

    They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war.
    And all of them have one thing in common: They were […]

  • Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Oct. 12 – Some US governors dish out cash to reopen national parks. Julie Noce reports

  • A concerned Julie Aldaz, left, general manager of the Red Feather Lodge, who has already had to layoff three employees, talks with Jane Gibson, housekeeping manager, about the dim prospects of Grand Canyon National Park reopening, as the park remains closed to visitors due to the continued federal government shutdown on Friday Oct. 11, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz.  Attempts by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to have the U.S. Department of the Interior open up portions of the park using state funds has hit a snag. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Federal Shutdown Staring To Ripple Through States

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to ripple through states, which are now laying off employees and warning of thousands of additional furloughs if the budget stalemate is […]

  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo, Calvin Parker, Jr., stands in the area where he and fellow Mississippian Charles Hickson were allegedly abducted by aliens on Oct. 11,1973, on the banks of the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula Miss. The incident made headlines, sparked UFO sightings nationwide and became one of the most widely examined cases on record. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Man Says 1973 UFO Incident Turned Life Upside Down

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Charles Hickson never regretted the notoriety that came his way after he told authorities he encountered an unidentified flying object and its occupants 40 years ago on the banks of the Pascagoula River. Until his death […]

  • Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    DENVER  — Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an […]

  • A protester giving only her first name as Nancy holds up a sign calling for an end to the U.S. government shut down on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Obama, Republicans Continue Talks After White House Meeting

    WASHINGTON – Republicans offered a plan to President Barack Obama on Thursday that would postpone a possible U.S. default in a sign the two sides may be moving to end the standoff that has shuttered large parts of the […]

  • FILE - Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown which started a day earlier, outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted Oct. 3-7, 2013 held Republicans more responsible for the gridlock, with 62 percent mainly blaming the GOP for the shutdown. In contrast, 52 percent believed the president isn’t doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, according to the survey. The poll also said 82 percent of Democrats see the shutdown as a major problem for the country, compared with 58 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Americans Voice Anger, Frustration In Stalemate

    The regular book study group at the Rev. Tim Ahrens’ church in middle America always ends with a prayer – most deeply personal, often about a family or friend’s illness. But after one recent meeting, the members held hands in […]

  • 4 Americans Meet Snowden To Give Him An Award

    4 Americans Meet Snowden To Give Him An Award

    MOSCOW  — Four former U.S. government officials who met with former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said Thursday that he is adjusting to life in Russia and expresses no regrets about leaking highly classified information. Separately, Snowden’s father […]

  • A handout photo released by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to Reuters on October 10, 2013 shows specialized technicians from ECBC's Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit work on the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS), a new Department of Defense (DoD) elimination technology designed to neutralize bulk amount of known chemical warfare agents and their precursors. REUTERS/The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center/Handout

    U.S. Suggests Destruction Unit For Syria’s Chemical Weapons

    AMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is suggesting the world’s chemical weapons watchdog use a U.S.-made mobile destruction unit in Syria to neutralize the country’s toxic stockpile, officials told Reuters.
    It gave a briefing on the unit on Tuesday to officials at the Hague-based Organization […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. President Barack Obama is pressuring Boehner to hold votes to avoid a potentially catastrophic default and re-open the federal government, as a new poll indicated Republicans could pay a political price for Washington's fiscal paralysis.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House GOP Leaders Seek Short-Term Debt Extension

    WASHINGTON  — House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government’s ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of “irrevocable damage” that an unprecedented […]

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Army John McHugh stand by as soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Cody J. Patterson at Dover Air Force Base. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images / October 9, 2013)

    The Fisher House Foundation Charity To Pay Military Death Benefits

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
    “The Fisher House […]


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