Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.

Lawmaker: Fight with militants needs 'Arab face'

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A Republican lawmaker says the battle against the Islamic State group needs to have "an Arab face," even as the U.S. leads airstrikes to help defeat the militant group.

Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

Immigrants Social Security eligible in Obama plan

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

Ethics panel again defers to Justice on Rep. Grimm

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges.

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table.

Los Angeles making quiet bid for 2024 Olympics

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Glamour, celebrities, perfect weather. A revitalized and growing downtown. Iconic venues and political support. With these virtues, Los Angeles looks like an ideal fit to host the 2024 Olympics.

DC Olympic bid touts 'unity' over dysfunction

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Place your hands together in just the right way, with thumbs overlapping and the other fingers pointing to the sky, and you've created the symbol for 2024 Olympics in the nation's capital.

US cities urged to keep price tags down for 2024

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion.

US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

US troops played key role in Yemen rescue mission

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A senior defense official says U.S. special operations forces and Yemeni counterterrorism troops rescued eight hostages held by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen.

US pending home sales slip in October

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers.

Obama to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

President Barack Obama will hold talks at the White House next week with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Irish jockey banned 6 months for cocaine positive

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

An Irish flat-racing jockey has been banned for six months after testing positive for traces of cocaine he says were contained in herbal tea that he bought to soothe a skin condition.

US orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month.

Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year.

White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.