Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.

IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

US new-home sales plummet in June

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive was charged after police say he tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a loaded handgun.

US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years.

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result.

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America.

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in.

Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country.

Audubon wants Vikings stadium safer for birds

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The Audubon Society of Minnesota is asking the Minnesota Vikings to do more to protect birds from fatal collisions with the massive glass walls of its new stadium.

US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the former Soviet republic.