US welcomes EU decision on Russia

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine.

Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian mission.

5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.

Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of parliament.

Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.

Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.

IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.

Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.

Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013.

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday.

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections.

White House: No change to US terror warnings

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level.

US sanctions firms, individuals for aiding Iran

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions.