Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.

US urges release of Cambodian opposition officials

|Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

The United States is calling for the release of Cambodian opposition officials held after a clash with security forces who prevented their followers from rallying in a public park.

Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released Friday. The documents also touch upon Osama bin Laden, consideration of military action in Haiti in 1994 and preparationsfor Supreme Court nomination hearings.

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.

Obama encourages Israel to minimize civilian death

|Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama said Friday that he encouraged Israel's leader to minimize civilian deaths in its ground push into Hamas-ruled Gaza, while letting him know that the U.S. supports Israel's right to self-defense.

Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.

Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Russia faults Ukraine for letting flight through

|Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Russia's ambassador to the U.N. has questioned why Ukrainian aviation authorities allowed a passenger flight through an area of armed clashes where anti-aircraft systems were working.

Unemployment rates fell in 22 US states in June

|Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.3 percent in June

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate in the second half of this year.

First lady: Healthy food has place in lunchrooms

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Michelle Obama said Friday that 54 junior cooks who won a contest to make healthier yet tasty meals show the nation's schools can also turn out nutritious food that kids will actually eat.

Harris County judge balks at latest Astrodome plan

|Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

Harris County's top elected official said demolishing the Astrodome would be a "silly plan."

Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

| |Friday, Jul. 18, 2014

National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility.

Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.

Lead of Ukraine air crash investigation questioned

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

A global air safety group says an international coalition of countries should lead the investigation of a Malaysia plane shot down over Ukraine.

Obama nominates fundraiser to Finland envoy post

|Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer who raised campaign money for him in the 2008 and 2012 elections as ambassador to Finland.

TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on DC sidewalk

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation's capital Thursday found themselves with a choice.

US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

A U.S. official said Thursday that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine.

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform — not that they're complaining.

Congressman: DC gun amendment likely to fail

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

A Kentucky congressman behind an amendment that would undo the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws said Thursday he doesn't think it will become law.