Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates.

Vegas again postpones vote on pro soccer stadium

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Las Vegas City Council members postponed until December voting on a plan to float $50 million in bonds for a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium.

6 implicated in National Guard bribery scheme

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

Tennessee athletics reports slight budget surplus

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Tennessee is in the black with its athletic budget — barely.

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

Report: Work completed at NKorea launch site

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

A U.S. research institute says North Korea has completed a yearlong construction program enabling it to handle bigger rockets at its main launch site.

Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign.

IOC on Rio: 'Lot of progress' but schedule 'tight'

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The head of the International Olympic Committee inspection team said Wednesday that preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months.

Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities.

Obama salutes 2013 MLS champs, Sporting KC

|Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States.

Not guilty plea for man in White House incident

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Drugmaker submits harder-to-abuse Zohydro to FDA

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The maker of the much-debated painkiller Zohydro is seeking approval of a harder-to-abuse version of the drug which, if approved, could replace the currently marketed version of the pill by next spring.

Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates.

US and Brazil resolve cotton trade fight

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to U.S. cotton growers.

Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan.

Pace of US factory activity slipped in September

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.

US companies added 213,000 jobs in September

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.