- Piano-playing senator's latest tune: New education policy Updated: Jul-06-15 4:09 am
WASHINGTON - How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?
- Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage Updated: Jul-06-15 3:13 am
WASHINGTON - In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.
- Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy' Updated: Jul-03-15 7:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.
- Kasich to return to South Carolina ahead of 2016 bid kickoff Updated: Jul-03-15 6:28 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is planning a fifth visit to South Carolina ahead of the planned launch of his presidential bid later this month.
- The Latest: Whistleblower asks Obama to appoint VA watchdog Updated: Jul-02-15 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on President Barack Obama's visit to La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Thursday (all times local):
- Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy Updated: Jul-02-15 2:14 pm
HAVANA - From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.
- Spieth cruising, but several big names have work left Updated: Jun-30-15 6:25 pm
Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there's still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin.
- State Department names new Guantanamo special envoy Updated: Jun-30-15 10:20 am
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a new special envoy to lead the Obama administration's bid to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
- High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate Updated: Jun-29-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law.
- In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them Updated: Jun-28-15 11:14 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them.
- Contours of Obama's legacy form with help of unlikely allies Updated: Jun-25-15 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the Supreme Court.
- Indiana awaits decision on waiver from federal education law Updated: Jun-24-15 12:10 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana education officials expect to know in the coming months whether the state will have continued flexibility from the requirements of federal No Child Left Behind law.
- Accidental drowning blamed in death of ex-White House chef Updated: Jun-23-15 7:39 pm
TAOS, New Mexico - A former White House chef for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush drowned in a New Mexico mountain stream, and his death was ruled an accident, authorities said Tuesday.
- Ex-White House chef Scheib remembered for magnificent meals Updated: Jun-22-15 7:01 pm
TAOS, New Mexico - From spending more than a decade preparing food for some of the world's most influential people as the White House executive chef to appearing on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" show in 2006, Walter Scheib is being remembered for his culinary creations and charity work.
- No leads in mountain search for ex-White House chef Updated: Jun-21-15 1:19 pm
TAOS, New Mexico - Authorities say they have no new leads in the search for a former White House chef who went missing more than a week ago while hiking in New Mexico.
- Veteran Associated Press reporter, editor Laura Myers dies Updated: Jun-19-15 10:44 pm
LAS VEGAS - Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada's largest newspaper, died Friday.
- Bush honored by his daughter as a "Father of the Year" Updated: Jun-18-15 2:22 pm
NEW YORK - Former President George W. Bush is one of three men being honored in New York as a "Father of the Year," just days before Father's Day.
- Afghan war over? Then set us free, Guantanamo detainees say Updated: Jun-17-15 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON - Two Guantanamo Bay detainees are using President Barack Obama's own words to argue that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over - and therefore they should be set free.
- FACT CHECK: Why Bush's growth forecast is a stretch Updated: Jun-17-15 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says there's "not a reason in the world" why the U.S. economy can't grow at 4 percent annually.
- Jeb Bush 'slow jams' the news with Fallon Updated: Jun-17-15 12:08 am
NEW YORK - Republican Jeb Bush "slow jammed" the news, told about meeting his wife, offered a guacamole recipe and oddly compared his presidential father and brother during a "Tonight" show appearance.
- Former Sen. Baker's Huntsville estate to be up for auction Updated: Jun-16-15 11:16 am
HUNTSVILLE, Tennessee - The massive Huntsville estate of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker is going up for auction.
- New Mexico Gov. Martinez praises Jeb Bush for hiring ex-aide Updated: Jun-15-15 8:05 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows "how to pick the best" and made a good move in hiring one of her former top aides as his campaign manager.
- Bush happy to echo father's legacy in eastern Europe Updated: Jun-13-15 9:01 am
TALLINN, Estonia - Jeb Bush strolled the halls of the Polish parliament, praised Germany's economic boom since the fall of the Berlin Wall and visited Estonia, a once-bleak Soviet state that now has a growing, free-market high-tech economy.
- Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant Updated: Jun-12-15 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday threw out the only remaining conviction against a Guantanamo Bay detainee who had served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant, setting new restrictions on the use of military commissions to try terror suspects.
- No high-flying antics for George H.W. Bush's 91st birthday Updated: Jun-12-15 2:11 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating a low-key 91st birthday at his home on the Maine coast.