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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

Posted: 07/31/2014 - Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break.

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State Dept.: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

Posted: 07/31/2014 - A White House document says the State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress.

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Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

Posted: 07/30/2014 - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

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GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

Posted: 07/30/2014 - The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201.

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Revised data: US grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

Posted: 07/30/2014 - Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.

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Chicago Transit Authority reports drop in crime

Posted: 07/30/2014 - Chicago officials are releasing figures that show violent crime and thefts on Chicago Transit Authority trains, buses and platforms has dropped significantly.

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PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

Posted: 07/29/2014 - Pacific Gas & Electric is accused of lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

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Bellagio robbery suspect faces court Wednesday

Posted: 07/29/2014 - The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino and accused of celebrating after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip will appear in court Wednesday.

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Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi scheme

Posted: 07/29/2014 - A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

Posted: 07/29/2014 - The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.

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Man dies after Las Vegas carjacking, home invasion

Posted: 07/29/2014 - Police say a man has died after he was shot in his home during a Las Vegas crime spree that included a carjacking and two home invasions. One of the suspects is also dead.

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Pennsylvania sued by US over police fitness tests

Posted: 07/29/2014 - The federal government is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given its applicants for state trooper positions, saying the practice illegally discriminates against women.

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US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Posted: 07/29/2014 - President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

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Israel targets symbols of Hamas control in Gaza

Posted: 07/29/2014 - Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

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Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Posted: 07/29/2014 - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

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Appeals court allows Sept. 11 steel cross display

Posted: 07/29/2014 - A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center's wreckage.

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Judge OK's record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Posted: 07/28/2014 - A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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