US and Brazil resolve cotton trade fight

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to U.S. cotton growers.

Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan.

Pace of US factory activity slipped in September

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.

US companies added 213,000 jobs in September

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.

Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured."

US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

AP Source: US and Brazil resolve trade fight

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to American cotton growers, an official close to the negotiations said late Tuesday.

Cincinnati football staffer fired after arrest

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A staff member with Cincinnati's football program was fired Tuesday, four days after the school learned that he had been arrested on a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in northern Kentucky.

Brain injury group: Concussion award scheme flawed

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A national brain injury group has condemned the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion claims as "deeply flawed," saying it excludes many former players suffering from mood swings, depression, aggression and other related problems.

Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.

Review panel: Wis. rep likely broke House rules

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that veteran Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock, according to a report released Tuesday.

What to serve a guest who's fasting? Hospitality

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

What do you serve a man who isn't eating?

Accused White House intruder indicted

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.

Court reviews contractor political donations

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A panel of 11 appeals court judges on Tuesday seemed reluctant to overturn a ban on contractors donating money to federal elections, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.

Refugee plan set up for Central American minors

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

New Jersey senators pushing sports betting bill

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Two New Jersey state senators are pushing for fast action on a measure that would abolish a state law that bans sports betting.

Government: NFL TV 'blackout' rule unsportsmanlike

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

White House urges Secret Service to release probe

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible.

FCC spikes sports blackout rule

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.