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  • new storyRutgers reporter asks Obama for interview - and gets it 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 6:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - A college reporter spending time at the White House has landed what the beat reporters long for: an interview with President Barack Obama.

  • The Latest: UN says many starve in 'senseless' Syria war story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-28-16 4:54 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):

  • Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does it stand? story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 6:36 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months, and there's no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety.

  • House GOP leader: No help for Puerto Rico before deadline story has photos
    Updated: Apr-26-16 5:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.

  • Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist, friend story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-26-16 3:06 pm

    NEW DELHI - The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister's insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

  • Face time with queen, princes completes Obama's royal visit story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-22-16 9:33 pm

    LONDON - President Barack Obama plunged into a whirlwind of royal socializing Friday that began over a birthday lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and ended at a dinner hosted by the trio of young royals who represent the future of the British monarchy.

  • Obama-Putin discuss need to implement Ukraine peace deal 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 3:26 pm

    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have spoken by telephone, and the White House says they spent much of the call discussing Ukraine, with Obama urging Putin to abide by a 2015 agreement aimed at ending the conflict.

  • Obama's income fell to $436,000, lowest of his presidency 
    Updated: Apr-15-16 5:59 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's income fell to just over $436,000 in 2015, the lowest of his presidency, and he and first lady Michelle Obama paid nearly $81,500 in taxes, according to tax returns the White House released on Friday.

  • Kerry says Navy ship could have fired on Russian planes 
    Updated: Apr-14-16 5:33 pm

    MIAMI - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that under U.S. military rules of engagement, the Navy ship that Russian military jets buzzed in the Baltic Sea this week could have opened fire.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: As Zika fears grow, DC points fingers story has photos
    Updated: Apr-14-16 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - When it comes to Zika funding, President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on one point: It's the other guy's fault.

  • Obama claims progress on Islamic State amid worrying signs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 6:56 pm

    LANGLEY, Virginia - President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, even as political turmoil in Iraq and renewed violence in Syria threatened to jeopardize hard-fought gains.

  • Hillary Clinton, mayor take heat over racially charged joke story has photos
    Updated: Apr-12-16 8:17 pm

    NEW YORK - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was racially insensitive.

  • Obama's comments on Clinton email raises concerns of bias 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 7:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he believes his former secretary of state did not intentionally endanger national security in her handling of classified information. But he also says he's not trying to influence his administration's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

  • Report: Saints coach Sean Payton angered over gun laws 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 5:32 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is angered over the nation's gun laws and derides as "madness" the idea that everybody needs a gun.

  • Obama, Fed chair Yellen discuss outlook for economy 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - With the U.S. economy improving, President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen discussed the outlook for near and long-term economic growth during a Monday afternoon meeting in the Oval Office, the White House said.

  • 'Hire some new redactors': How US hinders records requests story has photos
    Updated: Apr-11-16 3:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - As U.S. officials dealt with the fallout of the government's once-secret "Cuban Twitter" program, they had one thing on their side: notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act.

  • White House: Blame to share for failed Libya aftermath 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 3:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House sought Monday to share the blame for the failed aftermath of the 2011 intervention in Libya, arguing the U.S. and its NATO allies asked too few questions about what would follow after dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled.

  • Country icon Merle Haggard, champion of the underdog, dies story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-06-16 4:31 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

  • White House: $589M to go to fight Zika virus story has photos
    Updated: Apr-06-16 4:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal money left over from the largely successful fight against Ebola will now go to combating the growing threat of the Zika virus, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.