South Africans mourn sport deaths

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.

Justice Dept watchdog faults agency grenade probe

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona made multiple errors in their investigation of a U.S. citizen who was suspected of smuggling grenade components to Mexico, including failing to arrest him when there was more than enough evidence to do so, the Justice Department watchdog said in a harshly critical report Thursday.

FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

Brazilian swimmer banned for 2 years for doping

|Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The Brazilian swimming federation says it has suspended Evandro Vinicius Silva for two years for doping.

Yellen: Awareness of economists' diversity needed

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of the need for diversity among economists, with relatively few women and minorities still choosing to major in economics in college.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

Strengthening US growth reflects help from Fed

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and appearing on track to extend its momentum through this year and beyond.

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The National Football League on Thursday asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust.

Solid third-quarter US economic growth is expected

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

It's taken years, but the U.S. economy may finally be reaching a sustainable cruising speed.

Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama will rally votes for the Democratic candidate for governor in Maine on Thursday, the latest in a burst of campaign appearances Obama is making before next week's midterm elections after months of sitting on the sidelines because of his low approval ratings and unpopularity in some states.

For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

As Fed ends bond buys, Yellen to expand influence

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:

Biden voices support for Northern Ireland talks

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind a new round of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland.

Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality plan

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Montana wildlife officials are dropping plans for legislation that would make confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman said Wednesday.

FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to block a strain of bacteria that has caused sometimes deadly outbreaks of meningitis in college dormitories.

Anonymous US comment on Israel roils relations

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.

Select quotes recalling journalist Ben Bradlee

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

A collection of quotes and remembrances of longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from those who knew him from the Watergate era and beyond:

Bail denied for convicted former NBA player George

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been denied bail by a federal judge in New Jersey.