Democrats reframe debate on health care

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing.

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.

Supreme Court referee hears linebacker's case

|Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Lawyers for the University of Oklahoma and a junior linebacker have met with an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee who will recommend whether the state Supreme Court should hear his case against the university.

NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

US 'concerned' by arrest of American in Israel

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.

Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.

UH athletics plans cuts to address red ink

|Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

University of Hawaii sports programs are again projecting a deficit and plan to cut spending on operational budget items by about 5 percent.

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws.

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.