- Appeals court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways Updated: Oct-09-15 1:17 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.
- House election: Republicans challenge McCarthy for speaker Updated: Oct-08-15 10:12 am
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support.
- State Sen. McCarter challenging Shimkus in US House primary Updated: Oct-07-15 4:19 pm
DANVILLE, Illinois - State Sen. Kyle McCarter says he'll challenge 10-term U.S. Rep. John Shimkus's re-election bid in the Republican primary in Illinois' 15th Congressional District.
- US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade Updated: Oct-06-15 8:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh.
- Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda Updated: Oct-05-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.
- Chaffetz made career by confronting establishment Updated: Oct-05-15 8:09 am
WASHINGTON - One-time college placekicker Jason Chaffetz wants to boot Republican House leaders off their path to promotions.
- Controversial Nobel Prize winners Updated: Oct-03-15 11:39 am
STOCKHOLM - It's just a prize, right? Maybe so, but the Nobel Prizes have a way of sparking ferocious debate about whether the winners were worthy or whether the judges' decisions were politically biased.
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan steps down after 7-year term Updated: Oct-02-15 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Arne Duncan, who followed President Barack Obama to Washington to serve as his education secretary, announced Friday he will step down following a seven-year tenure marked by a willingness to plunge head-on into the heated debate about the government's role in education.
- Bush donors embrace new mantra: He's built to last Updated: Oct-02-15 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush's challenge in the first half of the year was daunting yet simple. To be considered a fundraising success, the Republican presidential candidate had to hit the magic number of $100 million, an ambitious goal set by some in his campaign. And he did.
- Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders Updated: Oct-02-15 1:11 am
WASHINGTON - The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016.
- GOP candidates for governor raise more than $760K this year Updated: Oct-01-15 6:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson, his 2016 re-election challenger, have raised a combined $760,000 so far this year, according to state campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.
- Jordan's Queen Noor to speak at suburban Chicago forum Updated: Oct-01-15 4:41 am
ELGIN, Illinois - Judson University in suburban Chicago will be getting the royal treatment next year.
- President Bush '41' visits his Massachusetts prep school Updated: Sep-30-15 5:12 pm
ANDOVER, Massachusetts - Students at Phillips Academy received a surprise visit from a distinguished alumnus - former President George H.W. Bush.
- Snyder names U of M professor to Michigan Supreme Court Updated: Sep-30-15 4:48 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A University of Michigan law professor with conservative credentials was appointed Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court, filling an opening caused by the early departure of Justice Mary Beth Kelly.
- In year of diplomatic triumphs, Obama still dogged by Syria Updated: Sep-29-15 4:35 pm
NEW YORK - In a year of diplomatic breakthroughs, President Barack Obama can't escape the shadow of Syria's intractable crisis.
- Former President Bush campaigning for brother in Arkansas Updated: Sep-28-15 12:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Former President George W. Bush is campaigning in northwest Arkansas to help his brother Jeb's White House bid.
- 6 historic moments at the UN General Assembly Updated: Sep-28-15 1:57 am
UNITED NATIONS - Khrushchev pounds the table with his shoe. Castro speaks for hours. Gadhafi tears up the U.N. charter. As the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary and world leaders gather in New York on Monday for the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting, here's a look back at six memorable moments from past sessions:
- Philanthropist-investor Richard Rainwater dies at 71 Updated: Sep-27-15 9:04 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - Richard Rainwater, the son of a North Texas grocer who went on to amass a fortune as an investment manager before becoming a billionaire investor and philanthropist in his own right, has died, according to his charitable foundation. He was 71.
- Sheila Bair inaugurated as president of private Md. college Updated: Sep-26-15 4:56 pm
CHESTERTOWN, Maryland - Sheila Bair, who was the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the 2008 financial crisis, has been inaugurated president of Maryland's Washington College, a private liberal arts school.
- Annapolis veteran driven to succeed, to play in Warrior Open Updated: Sep-26-15 9:01 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - The last two days of September can't get here quickly enough for Jack Schumacher.
- US aims to cut HIV infections in young women in Africa Updated: Sep-26-15 6:39 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is announcing a $300 million program to drastically reduce HIV infections in girls and young woman in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hard hit by the virus.
- Obama, China's Xi agree to curb economic cyberspying Updated: Sep-25-15 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Skeptical of Chinese assurances on cyberspying, President Barack Obama on Friday laid out a fresh threat of sanctions for economic espionage emanating from China, even as he and President Xi Jinping pledged their countries would not conduct or support such hacking.
- Justice Alito makes case against televising arguments Updated: Sep-24-15 9:19 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito made a case against televising arguments before the high court, telling a campus audience that cameras would spin off sound bites distorting what happened. And he used the historic arguments over the federal health care law as an example.
- AP Interview: Patty Griffin uses grief on 'Servant of Love' Updated: Sep-24-15 8:26 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Songwriter Patty Griffin isn't discussing her breakup with Robert Plant, and anyone mining for clues in her new album, "Servant of Love," should beware: Even Griffin is still deciphering the lyrics.
- Obama welcomes 2nd Chinese president for state dinner Updated: Sep-24-15 8:15 am
WASHINGTON - China will get its second state dinner with President Barack Obama when its president, Xi Jinping, visits the White House Friday. The question is, how will the United States make this shindig different from the last one.