Museums plan Piero di Cosimo exhibit in US, Italy

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo's career in painting will be examined next year in a major exhibition being planned for Washington and Florence, Italy.

Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a strong call Thursday for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.

UNC inviting ex-athletes back to complete degrees

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

North Carolina is inviting former scholarship athletes who left before completing coursework to return and earn their degrees.

Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper said Thursday.

Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

House votes to simplify education tax breaks

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

Ex-Redskin turns himself in to face assault case

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case.

Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

US: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The Obama administration on Thursday accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists.

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.

Morgan Stanley paying $275M to settle SEC charges

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle U.S. civil charges that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

| |Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.

Central American leaders seek solution in US

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014

|Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.