- Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman Updated: May-05-15 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat hardened commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a key period of transition.
- Ex-Christie allies plead not guilty in bridge case Updated: May-04-15 4:45 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Two former political allies of Gov. Chris Christie pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they were involved in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, and the attorney for one vowed to subpoena her former colleagues to prove her innocence.
- Fla. governor reappoints top posts after abrupt session end Updated: May-04-15 4:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott was forced on Monday to reappoint more than a dozen top state officials to their jobs after they were passed over for confirmation by the Florida Senate.
- Latest on traffic jam scandal: Baroni says he's innocent Updated: May-04-15 12:02 pm
- Obama aide, Baltimore native says worst may be over Updated: Apr-30-15 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The leader of President Barack Obama's initiative for minority males says it has been painful to watch violence and looting unfold in his Baltimore hometown, but he feels optimistic that the worst is over.
- Poland's justice minister resigns over gun license doubts Updated: Apr-30-15 10:19 am
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Justice Minister Cezary Grabarczyk has resigned over doubts concerning the legality of his gun permit.
- Shumlin to appoint independent counsel in Sorrell probe Updated: Apr-28-15 9:20 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will work with county prosecutors to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged campaign finance law violations by Attorney General William Sorrell, Shumlin's spokesman said late Tuesday.
- Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday Updated: Apr-24-15 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON - As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race - issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.
- Proposed electric increases fuel Kentucky governor's race Updated: Apr-24-15 11:52 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Tammy Stewart makes about $1,600 a month and it goes quickly: a mortgage and a car, insurance, utilities and student loans.
- Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general Updated: Apr-23-15 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation's first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.
- GOP presidential hopeful Cruz criticizes Lynch, skips vote Updated: Apr-23-15 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor against confirming Loretta Lynch, calling her unsuitable to be attorney general.
- Japan ministers' war shrine visit irks China after Abe talks Updated: Apr-23-15 9:19 am
TOKYO - Three Japanese Cabinet ministers on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, drawing a rebuke from China just a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping met in a bid to smooth ties.
- Anti-human trafficking bill passes Senate Updated: Apr-22-15 5:23 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee.
- Wolf nominees begin to advance in Pennsylvania Senate Updated: Apr-22-15 11:38 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Three of Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet nominees have now won approval from Senate committees ahead of confirmation votes in the chamber.
- Japanese lawmakers visit shrine honoring war criminals Updated: Apr-21-15 9:52 pm
TOKYO - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers paid respects Wednesday at a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders, but Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not participate in the spring ritual.
- Telescope opponents deliver petition to governor's office Updated: Apr-20-15 8:52 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. David Ige's chief of staff used a traditional greeting Monday when he met members from a group of opponents against building a giant telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea.
- Sorrell rejects call for independent investigation of him Updated: Apr-20-15 5:16 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Attorney General William Sorrell on Monday rejected a request by a Republican Party official that Sorrell appoint an independent counsel to investigate his political practices and whether he violated campaign finance laws.
- Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP Updated: Apr-18-15 11:27 am
WASHINGTON - Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change.
- Afghan parliament approves 16 more Cabinet nominees Updated: Apr-18-15 9:17 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's parliament has approved 16 Cabinet nominees after months of delays.
- Anti-abortion lawmakers protest Wolf nominee at State Dept. Updated: Apr-17-15 6:18 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Some Republican lawmakers who oppose abortion rights registered "serious concerns" Friday over Gov. Tom Wolf's nomination of Pedro Cortes as secretary of state, criticizing his handling of an abortion clinic that authorities dubbed a "house of horrors."
- Obama calls delay of his attorney general nominee 'crazy' Updated: Apr-17-15 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.
- US senator says it's time to put a woman on the $20 bill Updated: Apr-17-15 10:19 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.
- Latest from the Alaska Legislature Updated: Apr-16-15 10:50 pm
- White House calls Grassley comments on Lynch 'duplicitous' Updated: Apr-16-15 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House used unusually scornful language Thursday to decry Republican delays in the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, calling comments by a top Senate Republican "duplicitous."
- UN chief set to nominate new special envoy to Yemen Updated: Apr-16-15 6:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday is expected to nominate the head of the U.N. Ebola mission as the new special envoy to Yemen, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.