IMF sees US growth at weakest since recession

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter.

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for.

Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the Obama administration's commitment to holding the fractured country together.

Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

German gov't cool on call for Russia to lose WCup

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The German government has responded coolly to calls from some members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup.

Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

Biloxi stadium construction could start in a week

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The city of Biloxi has entered into a $29 million contract to build no-frills minor league baseball stadium.

Trump: DC hotel will be among world's best

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Donald Trump has big plans for the Old Post Office building, a historic structure in downtown Washington that he's pledging to transform into the city's most luxurious hotel. As for the White House, four blocks away? He's not saying.

Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

Judges in health care rulings vote party line

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.

SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.

Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic committee faced audit

| |Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said.

Government drafting birth control accommodation

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

Undercover probe finds health law failings

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

7 ex-NFL players appeal terms of concussion deal

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Seven former professional football players have filed a court challenge to a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.

Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternative in the 2016 presidential race.

A's agree to 10-year lease to stay in Oakland

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.

Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

|Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.