Future of Olympic course unclear after hearing

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer — both defendants in a lawsuit — failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court.

Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.

Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.

US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.

Maple River wetlands improvement project completed

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Government agencies and conservation groups have completed restoration work on a 9,000-acre wetland area in central Michigan, providing an improved habitat for ducks and other waterfowl, officials said Wednesday.

Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Who was the mystery passenger President Barack Obama greeted Wednesday aboard a government aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base after he returned from Florida?

Experts want restrictions on testosterone drug use

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

DC proposes concealed-carry licensing program

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

District of Columbia officials say residents will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they show a reason they need such a permit and complete extensive gun-safety training.

Yellen: Fed balance sheet to take years to shrink

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says "it could take until the end of the decade" to shrink the Fed's record investment portfolio to more normal levels.

Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime.

US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.

IMF readies $127M for 3 countries battling Ebola

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it is preparing $127 million in zero-interest loans to the three African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.

Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly increased their estimate of what the Fed's benchmark interest rate should be at the end of 2015 compared with their estimate three months ago.

Pelosi: NFL Rice investigation sufficient for now

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that for now the NFL's investigation into its handling of the domestic violence case involving running back Ray Rice is an appropriate response.

Muted expectations for Obama, Rouhani meeting

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

One year ago, President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came close to ending the decades-long freeze on face-to-face meetings between their countries' leaders.

Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.

Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes.

Meijer to pay $2M for selling recalled products

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Midwest retailer Meijer (MY-er) Inc. will pay $2 million to settle charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed hundreds of recalled products.