Rocks Cats pay taxes, avoid stadium eviction

|Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes.

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police.

Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an existing $5 million reward for the group's leader to $10 million.

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work.

Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A federal judge sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of several bank robberies to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.

Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story.

No-fly list rules get changes

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.