Intel chief: Al-Qaida cell in Syria poses threat

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The U.S. director of national intelligence says a group of al-Qaida fighters in Syria poses a potential threat to the U.S. homeland equal to that of the Islamic State militants.

Venue hearing set in ex-Penn State president suit

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

A federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 14 hearing to determine whether former Penn State president Graham Spanier's defamation suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh should be heard in federal court or in Centre County where it was filed.

Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The director of national intelligence is disputing allegations that he lied to Congress about a surveillance program last year.

Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly.

Yellen says US families need to boost savings

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

F1 enters radio silence era in Singapore

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

As the Formula One season exits Europe and heads to Asia for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, teams and drivers are preparing for a new challenge, with the sport now banning a large amount of radio messages during races.

SKorean president offers assurances on 2018 Games

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

South Korea's president has assured the IOC that the government will make the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang a success.

US to train veterans to install solar panels

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.

Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured.

USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.

Future of Olympic course unclear after hearing

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The future of the golf course under construction for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 was unclear Wednesday after the city of Rio and the course developer — both defendants in a lawsuit — failed to agree to changes proposed by a Brazilian court.

Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.

Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.

US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.

Maple River wetlands improvement project completed

|Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Government agencies and conservation groups have completed restoration work on a 9,000-acre wetland area in central Michigan, providing an improved habitat for ducks and other waterfowl, officials said Wednesday.

Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Who was the mystery passenger President Barack Obama greeted Wednesday aboard a government aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base after he returned from Florida?