Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Medicare is asking for public comment on whether it should pay doctors for counseling patients about their options for end-of-life care.

Pentagon gives defense civilians options on Ebola

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The Pentagon says its civilian employees who return from Ebola response missions in West Africa will not be required to undergo the same 21-day quarantine-like monitoring that is required of most returning U.S. military members.

Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

South Bend taking offers again on ex-football hall

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

South Bend officials are again listening to offers for reusing the former College Football Hall of Fame building as Ivy Tech Community College leaders continue working on plans for turning it into a culinary education center.

Police: Man swings ax at DC officer in attack

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.

US blacklists Myanmar ruling party lawmaker

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.

Don't forget to set your clocks back

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Spanish league looking for foothold in China

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

In an effort to expand its reach overseas, the president of the Spanish league invited 40 leading Chinese businessmen to watch Real Madrid play Barcelona.

Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

US consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

U.S. consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months, pushing a measure of confidence to a seven-year high in October.

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.

Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.

NCAA starts to establish governance structure

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The NCAA's Board of Directors delayed its first major vote under the new governance structure Thursday.

Obama speaks to Myanmar's political leaders

|Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama has discussed an upcoming visit to Myanmar with two of the country's political leaders.

Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications.

First presidential debate in works for Republicans

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

Ebola quarantines: Can states do that?

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The quarantine of a nurse in Maine who recently returned from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa has touched off a battle between the authority of states to confine people to protect public health and the right of Americans to move about freely.