Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The National Football League on Thursday is expected to ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who say team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust.

Solid third-quarter US economic growth is expected

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

It's taken years, but the U.S. economy may finally be reaching a sustainable cruising speed.

Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

President Barack Obama is heading to Maine to rally votes for the Democratic candidate for governor, the latest in a burst of campaign appearances Obama is making before next week's midterm elections after months of sitting on the sidelines because of his low approval ratings and unpopularity in some states.

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

As Fed ends bond buys, Yellen to expand influence

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:

Biden voices support for Northern Ireland talks

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind a new round of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland.

Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality plan

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Montana wildlife officials are dropping plans for legislation that would make confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman said Wednesday.

FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to block a strain of bacteria that has caused sometimes deadly outbreaks of meningitis in college dormitories.

Anonymous US comment on Israel roils relations

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.

Select quotes recalling journalist Ben Bradlee

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

A collection of quotes and remembrances of longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from those who knew him from the Watergate era and beyond:

Bail denied for convicted former NBA player George

|Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been denied bail by a federal judge in New Jersey.

Video shows FBI impersonating repairmen in ruse

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

It was an extraordinary ruse. Dramatic new video obtained by The Associated Press, filmed through the lapel camera carried by an undercover government agent, shows how the FBI tricked its way inside a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of a major international gambling bust.

Holder: Ferguson police need 'wholesale change'

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for "wholesale change" in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.

Georgia Rep. Broun's hiring of consultant faulted

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

An outside ethics review has found "substantial reason to believe" that Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, violated House rules and federal law by using official House funds to hire a consultant for debate preparations and other campaign work.

Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.

Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.