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  • Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:18 pm

    WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike "mistakenly struck" a hospital during fierce fighting in the north.

  • Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task - selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public.

  • European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:29 pm

    LUXEMBOURG - Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying.

  • NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 5:48 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow's airstrikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for "irresponsible behavior" after its warplanes violated Turkish airspace, and Turkey warned that any future aerial intruder would be treated like an enemy.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 1:16 am

    MOSCOW - Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

  • In year of diplomatic triumphs, Obama still dogged by Syria story has photosstory has video
    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.

  • Putin's adviser: Obama asked for meeting with Putin 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 10:44 am

    MOSCOW - A foreign affairs adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin says it was U.S. President Barack Obama who wanted to meet with Putin, not the other way around.

  • The Latest: Pope Francis settles in for first night in US story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-22-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States. All times local:

  • Frenemies: Tense undercurrents for US-China state dinner story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 2:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - It's never good when tension is on the dinner menu.

  • With Walker out of 2016 race, Obama loses a favorite foe story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 10:53 am

    WASHINGTON - With Scott Walker out of the White House race, President Barack Obama is losing a favorite political foe.

  • For 7 years, VW software thwarted pollution regulations story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 7:53 pm

    DETROIT - Volkswagen became the world's top-selling carmaker trumpeting the environmental friendliness, fuel efficiency and high performance of diesel-powered vehicles that met America's tough Clean Air laws.

  • Border Patrol: Family, kid arrests at border soar 52 percent story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 7:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol arrested nearly 10,000 unaccompanied immigrant children and families caught illegally crossing the border with Mexico in August, a 52 percent jump from August 2014, according to statistics published by the agency Monday afternoon.

  • UN agency: Iran's role in nuclear probe meets standards story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 1:50 pm

    VIENNA - The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon were collected by the Iranians instead of agency experts, but insisted the probe stands up to strict agency standards.

  • Pope, China leader visits test Obama's social secretary 
    Updated: Sep-20-15 8:59 am

    WASHINGTON - The diplomatic double whammy of back-to-back visits by Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is creating some pressure-filled days for Deesha Dyer.

  • White House faults Republican Party for not rebuking Trump 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 1:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House is criticizing the GOP and its presidential candidates for failing to rebuke Donald Trump's comments about immigrants and minorities.

  • White House looks to find 'lasting value' in pope's visit 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 7:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is determined to find ways to draw "lasting value" from the visit of Pope Francis to Washington next week on shared goals such as tackling climate change and economic inequality, White House aides said Thursday. But they also acknowledged that the pope speaks his mind and could well say things that don't jibe with Obama administration policies.

  • House panel votes to make $412B in tax breaks permanent 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 3:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans advanced legislation Thursday to make permanent a series of temporary tax breaks for restaurants, multinational corporations and other businesses.

  • House panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 2:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - A key House committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, setting up a likely vote by the full House on a bill President Barack Obama opposes.

  • The Latest: Muslim student with clock plans transfer story has photos
    Updated: Sep-16-15 8:13 pm

    IRVING, Texas - The latest on the Muslim teenager who was questioned by police after officials at his North Texas high school thought his homemade clock looked like a bomb (all times local):

  • US general: Only handful of Syrian fighters remain in battle story has photos
    Updated: Sep-16-15 4:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - No more than five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are fighting the Islamic State, astoundingly short of the envisioned 5,000, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told angry lawmakers on Wednesday. They branded the training program "a total failure."

  • White House opposes GOP bill to lift oil export ban 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 5:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House said Tuesday it opposes a House Republican bill to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports.

  • Pentagon: Russians apparently setting up air base in Syria 
    Updated: Sep-14-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Russia is in the midst of a steady military buildup at a Syrian airport, indicating Moscow intends to create an air operations base there, although no fighter jets or helicopters have arrived yet, the Pentagon said Monday.