Judge halts New Jersey's sports betting plan

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.

US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission — the tight Georgia Senate race.

Ex-FARC commander sentenced to 27 years in prison

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

As the three men he once held hostage looked on, a former commander of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was sentenced on Friday to 27 years in a federal prison for their mistreatment during five years of captivity.

US officials: Israel defense chief denied meetings

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Still miffed over negative comments that Israel's defense minister made about Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Obama administration this week refused his requests to meet several top national security aides, U.S. officials said Friday.

Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S. apology to Pyongyang to win their freedom.

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.

US new-home sales close to flat in September

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

Pistorius prosecutors consult expert over appeal

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal.

Thursday's Sports Briefs

|Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Republicans question federal response on Ebola

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility.

Foreign policy question mark over Indonesia leader

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

The remarkable rise of Indonesia's new president has captured popular imagination at home and won praise internationally, but Joko "Jokowi" Widodo still needs to prove his foreign policy prowess. The U.S. is looking for him to sustain Jakarta's role as a regional leader in Southeast Asia.

Judge dismisses cases in IRS political controversy

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed two lawsuits stemming from the government's alleged mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

News Guide: So much cash, FEC struggles to keep up

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Political parties and their campaign committees faced a Thursday deadline — their last before Election Day — to disclose how much cash each raised last month and how much they had on hand for the final push toward Nov. 4.

Obama taps major fundraiser for Sweden ambassador

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is nominating a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign to be the next U.S. ambassador to Sweden.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy makes a political ad

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The political ad plays out like a parody, a "Saturday Night Live" skit: two dusty cowboys standing near the barn trading country talk.

US negotiator: Some want talks with Iran to fail

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The chief U.S. nuclear negotiator suggested Thursday that some U.S. allies and members of Congress hope diplomacy with Iran fails, offering a glimpse of the difficult task awaiting the Obama administration if it manages to secure a nuclear agreement with Tehran by a late November deadline.

Obama looks to inventors for ways to fight Ebola

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is looking for a few smart ideas from the science and technology fields that could help address the challenge posed by Ebola.

Obama fundraises for Dems at Sen. Rockefeller home

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is raising money for Democrats at the sprawling Washington home of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015.

Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.