- Personal debate held over rules governing gays giving blood Updated: Sep-03-15 6:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California lawmaker drew from experience Thursday in an unusually personal debate over federal rules governing whether gay or bisexual men can donate blood.
- Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in Senate Updated: Sep-03-15 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won't have to veto it.
- ND Democrat Heitkamp backs Obama on Iran nuclear deal Updated: Sep-03-15 4:48 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced her support Thursday for President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, a politically risky move in a Republican-dominated state where she is weighing a run for governor.
- The Latest: Attorney says clerk holds keys to her jail cell Updated: Sep-03-15 4:35 pm
ASHLAND, Kentucky - The latest on the county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (all times local):
- Iran's top leader: No nuclear deal unless sanctions lifted Updated: Sep-03-15 4:01 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader said Thursday "there will be no deal" if world powers insist on suspending rather than lifting sanctions as part of a landmark nuclear agreement, and said it is up to Iran's parliament, and not him, to approve or reject it.
- Plan targets health care bias against transgender people Updated: Sep-03-15 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.
- On Arctic voyage, Obama banks on power of his celebrity Updated: Sep-03-15 9:43 am
KOTZEBUE, Alaska - President Barack Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change.
- The Latest: Canada examines why it rejected Syrian family Updated: Sep-03-15 8:56 am
The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):
- Proposal to protect offshore sites draws support, opposition Updated: Sep-02-15 8:49 pm
BOSTON - Environmental advocates say the federal government should extend permanent protection to two underwater sites off the New England coast by making them national monuments.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Sep-02-15 8:44 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- Union chief: Political leaders idle on protecting police Updated: Sep-02-15 7:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - President Barack Obama and other politicians of all stripes have done nothing to protect law enforcement officers and their families, the leader of the biggest union of Texas law enforcement officers said Wednesday.
- Christie challenges Obama's greenhouse gas emissions rules Updated: Sep-02-15 6:13 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The plan by President Barack Obama to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and New Jersey is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement it, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.
- Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska Updated: Sep-02-15 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle.
- California man recounts tackling gunman on Paris-bound train Updated: Sep-02-15 3:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - One of three Americans who foiled an attack on a Paris-bound train said he and his friends did whatever they could to disarm the gunman.
- New York reaches deal with Cooper Union, plaintiffs Updated: Sep-02-15 1:51 pm
NEW YORK - New York's attorney general announced an agreement Wednesday that would end a lawsuit against Cooper Union and create an independent monitor into the financial management of the college known for its architecture, arts and engineering programs.
- Former Senator Gary Hart: Bennet will back Iran deal Updated: Sep-02-15 1:50 pm
DENVER - Former Senator Gary Hart thinks Colorado's current senior senator will soon back the Iran deal.
- A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal Updated: Sep-02-15 1:05 pm
Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.
- House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing Updated: Sep-02-15 12:23 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue.
- Advocates hope California's solitary settlement spreads Updated: Sep-02-15 1:35 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Reform groups are hoping a landmark settlement to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California state prisons will soon spread.
- Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal Updated: Sep-01-15 9:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA - The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."
- Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig for Guantanamo detainees Updated: Sep-01-15 5:53 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.
- Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury Updated: Sep-01-15 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.
- White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision' Updated: Sep-01-15 3:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision."
- Graffiti artist Fairey will stand trial for property damage Updated: Sep-01-15 3:13 pm
DETROIT - Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of illegally tagging buildings while in Detroit to complete a commissioned project.
- Clinton, aides stressed protecting State Dept info in email Updated: Sep-01-15 1:59 am
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides at the State Department were acutely aware of the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other forms of unsecure electronic communication, according to the latest batch of messages released by the agency from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.