With Iron Dome bill, US shows it has Israel's back

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The Senate has approved $225 million to replenish Israel's missile defense system, and House approval is expected before lawmakers begin a summer break.

Lawmakers want tougher US line on Myanmar

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

More than 70 U.S. lawmakers say conditions in Myanmar have taken a sharp turn for the worse and want Secretary of State John Kerry to warn its government that it could seriously damage bilateral relations.

UK general: Ukraine crisis holds lessons for NATO

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The second-ranking NATO commander is arguing for a more responsive allied defensive force that could be deployed in the event Russia massed troops along a NATO member's border as it has done with Ukraine.

US manufacturing expands again in July

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July in a good sign for the overall economy.

Construction spending falls 1.8 percent in June

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

U.S. construction spending fell in June by the largest amount in more than three years as housing, non-residential construction and government spending all weakened.

Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder cautioned against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that can be unfair to minorities.

US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct.

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

Kerry condemns 'outrageous' Gaza truce violations

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be a "barbaric" action.

US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

An Ohio lawmaker wants to create a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of LeBron James.

Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. The bill raises the money through:

USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.

For sale: A nearly nonexistent insurance agency

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

One of the country's largest overseers of troubled home loans, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., is quietly trying to sell a $100 million insurance agency that doesn't appear to exist.

House GOP weighs new border bill to break logjam

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

House Republicans expressed optimism on Friday that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win.

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.

Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.

FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there.

VP Biden praises Japan's new military policy

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

Congress votes final passage on highway bill

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.