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Fiscal fatigue grabs capital as Obama preps speech

Posted: 01/17/2014 - After last fall's tumultuous, bitterly partisan debt ceiling and government shutdown fights, a sense of fiscal fatigue seems to be setting in among many Washington policymakers as President Barack Obama prepares for his fifth State of the Union address later this month.

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Taliban attack against Afghan restaurant kills 16

Posted: 01/17/2014 - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Kabul restaurant filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans, while two gunmen snuck in through the back door and opened fire Friday in a brazen dinnertime attack that killed 16 people, officials said.

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Obama tightens reins on surveillance programs

Posted: 01/17/2014 - Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans - and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

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High court could weigh in on cellphone searches

Posted: 01/16/2014 - The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs.

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U.S. House approves government-wide $1.1T budget

Posted: 01/15/2014 - Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties.

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Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy

Posted: 01/15/2014 - The Archdiocese of Chicago said Wednesday it will release 6,000 pages of documents detailing what it knows about decades of clergy sex abuse allegations and how it handled them, calling it an effort to "bring healing to the victims and their families."

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'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors mark 5 years

Updated: 01/15/2014 - The pilots and some passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River marked the fifth anniversary of that remarkable event on Wednesday, giving thanks to those who kept everyone on the flight alive.

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Huge budget bill aims to show Congress' mettle

Posted: 01/15/2014 - A chastened Congress is putting aside the crisis-driven budget battles of the past three years, embracing a $1.1 trillion spending bill that restores or smooths the sharpest edges of the automatic cuts imposed as a result of its own dysfunction.

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Governor says teacher ended NM school shooting

Posted: 01/14/2014 - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez say a 12-year-old who shot two classmates in a Roswell middle school was stopped by a teacher who walked up to him and asked him to put down his shotgun.

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Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

Posted: 01/14/2014 - Authorities say an argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him.

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After spill, water ban lifted for part of West Virginia

Posted: 01/13/2014 - Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

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Huge spending bill would bury budget battles

Posted: 01/13/2014 - Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.

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Health care signups: More older Americans so far

Posted: 01/13/2014 - It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to government figures released Monday.

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Southwest flight lands at wrong Mo. airport

Updated: 01/13/2014 - Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri, instead landed at another airport.

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'Hustle' leads Globes, '12 Years' takes best drama

Posted: 01/12/2014 - Shut out all night at the Golden Globes, the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" eked out the night's top honor, best film drama, while the con-artist caper "American Hustle" landed a leading three awards, including best film comedy.

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New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students

Posted: 01/12/2014 - The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.

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Pakistanis praise boy for foiling suicide attack

Posted: 01/12/2014 - People in Pakistan are praising a teenage boy who residents and police say died this week while trying to stop a suicide bomber who was targeting his school.

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