Police: Diplomat accused of beating, no charges

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said Wednesday.

Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.

US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband.

How the US has justified overseas military action

|Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A look at the domestic legal justifications the U.S. has used for military action around the world:

Putin visits 2018 World Cup venue in Moscow

|Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Spartak Moscow's new stadium, a 2018 World Cup venue, ahead of its official opening.

Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped.

NASA's new giant rocket system passes milestone

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018.

Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot with the broadcaster.

US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere.

Immigration judges' union wants independent court

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.

Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday.

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income.

Fallon to lead honors as Leno wins top humor prize

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.

US sanctions leadership of terrorist group

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned a leader and a financial network used by a Pakistan-based terrorist group blamed for the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed 166 people.

Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqi civilians.

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

10 things to know about corporate inversions

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."