GOP's Senate arm collects $10M in 2 weeks

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Senate Republicans' campaign arm picked up $10.1 million during the first two weeks of October and has spent has spent roughly $35.5 million since Sept. 1, according to fundraising summaries released Thursday.

Lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States.

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAA expressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades.

Serbia protests IOC Kosovo provisional recognition

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Serbia lodged a formal protest Thursday against the International Olympic Committee decision to grant provisional recognition to Kosovo, calling it a "precedent of dangerous proportions."

Gauge of US economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.

Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.

US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Islamic State militants are raking in money at a remarkable rate, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil squad

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

"Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a famous sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life in a new musical exploring the story of a mysterious 14-year-old dancer and the artist who portrayed her.

US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

Lawsuit filed by former LSU tennis coach dismissed

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A Baton Rouge federal judge has dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit that former longtime LSU women's tennis coach Tony Minnis filed against the university after his 2012 firing.

WADA meets Kenya officials over doping report

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The World Anti-Doping Agency will help create a new anti-doping body in Kenya after a report concluded the East African country — a longtime producer of champion distance runners — has no effective program to fight drug cheating.

HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by legal immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.

3 states wage fight to keep same-sex marriage ban

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.

Obama invites Afghanistan's new leaders to US

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has extended new invitations to Afghanistan's new leaders to visit the White House early next year.

Hazing history allowed at Florida A&M trial

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

A history of hazing among Florida A&M band members can be mentioned by prosecutors in the trial of four ex-members charged in a drum major's 2011 death, but the judge said Wednesday there should be no mention that the student killed was gay.

Senator blasts CIA for censoring 'torture' report

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.

US increases security, though no threats cited

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.

Rules on bank risk in mortgage bonds being adopted

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Federal regulators are proceeding with new rules that ease guidelines for banks selling mortgage securities and could mean fewer borrowers will need to make hefty down payments.

Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.