- US appeals court reconsiders decision on ex-bin Laden aide Updated: Dec-01-15 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court is reconsidering the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and media relations secretary.
- House passes intelligence bill with policy guidelines Updated: Dec-01-15 3:17 pm
WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill authorizing a 7 percent spending increase for intelligence agencies and presses President Barack Obama to produce a strategy to defeat the Islamic State.
- Demand for farm loans surges amid low crop, cattle prices Updated: Dec-01-15 2:55 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The nation's net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet.
- Copper clothing maker to settle on deceptive ads Updated: Dec-01-15 2:53 pm
NEW YORK - A company that makes copper-infused clothing agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle government charges that it falsely claimed that its garments could relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
- National security experts back settling Syrian refugees Updated: Dec-01-15 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Former top national security officials in Republican and Democratic administrations on Tuesday urged Congress to continue allowing the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States.
- Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds Updated: Dec-01-15 2:47 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services.
- Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill Updated: Dec-01-15 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems - a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his entire administration to achieve.
- Key questions linger as lawmakers prepare body camera debate Updated: Dec-01-15 2:38 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers aren't finding easy answers as they try to hammer out rules for police wearing body cameras next year.
- Stocks post solid gains; investors wait for ECB, jobs data Updated: Dec-01-15 2:28 pm
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks moved solidly higher Tuesday, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. However, trading remained quiet ahead of the release later this week of the U.S. government's monthly jobs survey.
- Lawmaker: Military better prepared for Benghazi-like attack Updated: Dec-01-15 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is better prepared now for an attack in Africa than it was when a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, came under a deadly siege in 2012, a member of the House Benghazi committee said Tuesday.
- EPA awards $18.2 million for water projects in Rhode Island Updated: Dec-01-15 2:11 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $18.2 million to Rhode Island to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, and replace aging infrastructure.
- Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public re Updated: Dec-01-15 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON - A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.
- US, NATO allies concerned by Russia, but need its help Updated: Dec-01-15 1:51 pm
BRUSSELS - The United States and its NATO allies struggled Tuesday to come up with a clear message to send Russia at a time of conflicting concerns in Europe and the Middle East.
- US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State Updated: Dec-01-15 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
- House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails Updated: Dec-01-15 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Investigators would need a search warrant to get people's old emails under a bill considered Tuesday by a House panel looking to update a nearly 30-year-old federal law to reflect today's communications.
- 2 candidates challenging US Sen. Mark Kirk in GOP primary Updated: Dec-01-15 1:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Two candidates are challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in the 2016 Republican primary.
- Sen. Joni Ernst retires from Iowa National Guard Updated: Dec-01-15 1:05 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - U. S. Sen. Joni Ernst has retired from the Iowa Army National Guard.
- Dayton again seeks special session Updated: Dec-01-15 1:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton is again pressing Republican leaders to agree to a special session to offer help to unemployed steelworkers.
- Nearly $23M to upgrade sewage plants, drinking water systems Updated: Dec-01-15 12:36 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire will be getting nearly $23 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems.
- Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients Updated: Dec-01-15 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON - The makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that cures the liver-wasting disease, Senate investigators said Tuesday.
- The Latest: Negotiators take heart at Obama comments Updated: Dec-01-15 12:13 pm
LE BOURGET, France - The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
- GOP's Portman files for re-election in Ohio US Senate race Updated: Dec-01-15 12:02 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman filed for re-election on Tuesday in what is already shaping up as one of the toughest fights of 2016.
- From racing to rum, things to know about year-end tax breaks Updated: Dec-01-15 11:54 am
WASHINGTON - It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season.
- Westinghouse CEO want next generation nuclear reactor Updated: Dec-01-15 11:27 am
CRANBERRY, Pennsylvania - Westinghouse Electric Co.'s CEO Danny Roderick in January challenged his employees to come up with the next big thing in nuclear energy - the next generation reactor.
- Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding Updated: Dec-01-15 11:15 am
PARIS - Parts of a global climate agreement being hammered out in Paris should be legally binding, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. His declaration was both a boost to climate negotiators seeking a tough accord and a challenge to Republican senators, many of whom don't believe that global warming is real.