updated: 01/29/2015 4:04 a.m.
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama on Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of illegal aliens.
updated: 01/29/2015 4:03 a.m.
Senate Democrats are increasing pressure on majority Republicans to abandon plans to block President Barack Obama's immigration orders as a condition of funding the Department of Homeland Security.
posted: 01/29/2015 4:01 a.m.
A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history
updated: 01/28/2015 11:54 p.m.
The United States said it's ready to intensify pressure against Russia for supporting rebels who have stepped up attacks on Ukrainian troops as the European Union tussled over new sanctions in the face of opposition from Greece.
posted: 01/29/2015 3:49 a.m.
The challengers in the latest Supreme Court battle over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act point to former Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as evidence of their claim that Congress intended that tax credits go only to qualified recipients in states that had established their own insurance exchanges.
posted: 01/29/2015 3:47 a.m.
Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.
updated: 01/29/2015 3:36 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch.” Loretta Lynch, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, answering a senator’s question at a confirmation hearing where Republicans criticized current Attorney General Eric Holder
updated: 01/29/2015 3:34 a.m.
Selma star David Oyelowo has voiced his support for fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who came under criticism for using the term "colored" in an interview. Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, said at the film's European premiere in London on Tuesday that people should focus on what Cumberbatch was saying rather than the terminology he used.
updated: 01/29/2015 3:33 a.m.
Jesse Ventura, the ex-Minnesota governor who won a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL protagonist in the movie American Sniper, told The Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico, that he won't see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.
updated: 01/28/2015 4:29 a.m.
The White House is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans after a backlash from Republicans and Democrats, officials said Tuesday.
posted: 01/28/2015 4:24 a.m.
President Barack Obama left Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the new Saudi leader on the issues roiling the region, including battling Islamic State extremists and the upheaval in neighboring Yemen.
updated: 01/28/2015 4:22 a.m.
President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday announced a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling.
posted: 01/28/2015 4:21 a.m.
A federal judge issued a top-secret ruling in 2007 that the USAPATRIOT Act empowered the National Security Agency to collect foreigners' emails and phone calls from domestic networks without prior judicial approval, newly declassified documents show.
posted: 01/28/2015 4:18 a.m.
President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a nearly 8 percent funding boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, documents show.
posted: 01/28/2015 4:17 a.m.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged Tuesday that Republicans have experienced a "couple of stumbles" on abortion and border security bills that have triggered disagreement among rank-and-file GOP members.