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  • Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

    April 22, 2014 8:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit. He'll also visit with victims... more »
  • UPDATE: Identity released of man killed, dumped in canal

    April 8, 2014 9:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a murder after the body of a 38-year-old man was found shot to death early Tuesday morning. The body of Alexander Scott was found by neighborhood residents around 7:30am in a canal behind houses in the 4300 block of Jefferson Ave.... more »
  • Marching through a record-breaking rainfall in Seattle

    April 1, 2014 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As reported in the media, there's no question that rainfall totals in the month of March for western Washington were high. Many locations throughout the state flirted with record rainfall, if not completely shattering prior records. This is what helped initiate the terrible mudslide in the town... more »
  • Mudslide fatalities expected to increase substantially

    March 27, 2014 12:00 PM

    DARRINGTON, Wash. - State authorities in Washington say the number of fatalities from a mudslide will go up substantially in the next two days. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, with nine more found as of Wednesday night. The Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief says that officials are... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • Jindal traveling to Washington for the weekend

    February 21, 2014 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Washington this weekend, to meet with other governors, mingle at the Louisiana congressional delegation's Mardi Gras ball and have dinner at the White House. The Republican governor's office said Jindal left Friday. He'll attend events at the National Governors Association's winter meeting... more »
  • Suspect in Washington shooting a former employee

    February 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    VANCOUVER, Wash.- Authorities say a woman accused of shooting and injuring an employee at a Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver, Wash., used to work at the office. The Clark County sheriff's office says another employee wrestled away the gun. The sheriff's office says 46-year-old Deborah A. Lennon contacted 45-year-old Allen... more »
  • Goodell says "Redskins" honor Native Americans

    January 31, 2014 11:27 AM

    NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is supporting the use of Redskins as the nickname for the Washington franchise, saying it has been "presented in a way that honors Native Americans." Goodell spoke Friday at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. He says he's been talking to Native American... more »
  • Despite possible phone tap, Merkel to visit U.S.

    January 8, 2014 7:48 PM

    BERLIN, GERMANY- German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted President Obama's offer to visit the U.S. despite strained relations over taps to her phone. The President called her on Wednesday to congratulate her on forming a new government and wished her a speedy recovery from the recent skiing accident. That's... more »
  • Shanahan out as Redskins coach

    December 30, 2013 8:54 AM

    ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins have fired coach Mike Shanahan after a 3-13 season. Shanahan was dismissed Monday after meeting with team owner Dan Snyder. Shanahan went 24-40 in four years in Washington, but his greater failure was an inability to restore order and professionalism to a franchise that... more »
  • Washington grapples with high drivers

    November 21, 2013 7:35 PM

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON- One of the offshoots of legalized pot in Washington is a higher number of drivers testing positive for marijuana. The state patrol's crime lab says 745 people have tested positive, so far this year. Typically there are about 1,000 who test positive in a full year. ... more »
  • Senate hearing to explore security clearances

    October 31, 2013 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate committee is taking testimony on the federal background check process in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Federal officials including the acting director of... more »
  • Lowest budget deficit in 5 years

    October 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- The U.S. government has run a budget deficit below $1 trillion for the first time in five years. The deficit is the gap between what the government takes in and spends. The deficit has an imbalance of $680-billion, down from more than a trillion last year. ... more »
  • Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Congress

    October 19, 2013 11:19 PM

    MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican. Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »
  • Stocks surge as Washington moves to end impasse

    October 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    NEW YORK- The stock market is surging as Washington moves closer to avoiding a default on the U.S. government's debt. The market is on track for its biggest gain since January. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped as much as 310 points to 15,113 in the late afternoon Thursday. House... more »
  • Govt health and safety efforts slowed or halted

    October 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    WASHINGTON- The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states. The federal Centers... more »
  • Redskins name top topic at Goodell press conference

    October 8, 2013 7:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Avoiding direct answers to questions about whether "Redskins" is a racial slur or if the team should change its name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league needs to "make sure we're doing what's right." During a news conference Tuesday at the end of the league's fall meetings,... more »
  • Police: Man who set himself ablaze on Mall dies

    October 5, 2013 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries. Officer Araz Alali says the man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted. He says the man was so... more »
  • Area hunting destination closed due to gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters. Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues. An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
  • Last minute work as shutdown looms

    September 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears. It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight. "There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
  • FBI: Navy Yard gunman left note about radio waves

    September 26, 2013 9:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The FBI says Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves. Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, said Wednesday that Alexis did not target particular... more »
  • Pilot describes Washington Navy Yard as "Hot Zone"

    September 17, 2013 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - A helicopter pilot responding to the call at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, described the scene of the mass shooting as a "hot zone." U.S. Park Police Sgt. Ken Burchell said he was too focused on his rescue mission to worry if he was also a target.... more »
  • Navy Yard shooting raises background check questions

    September 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday is raising questions about background checks. Officials say the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis, used a valid pass to get into the Navy Yard building where he killed twelve people. He was killed in a gun battle with police.... more »
  • Washington Navy Yard shooter identified

    September 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials say the man accused in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead has been identified as Aaron Alexis. The 34 year-old Alexis, from Texas, is believed to have a criminal record there and to be... more »
  • DC Police: 12 dead in Navy Yard shooting

    September 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Authorities in Washington, D.C., say at least 12 people are dead after a shooting today at the Washington Navy Yard. And they say they are looking for two other possible gunmen. Police say a third gunman has died, though they're not saying how. Witnesses describe a gunman opening... more »
  • NY tribe launching radio ad against Redskins

    September 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's Oneida Indian Nation says it is launching a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to get rid of a nickname the tribe considers to be a racial slur. The first ad is set to run on radio stations in Washington before the team... more »
  • Obama set to speak on Syria at White House

    August 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is getting ready to speak about Syria from the White House. A White House official says Obama's remarks will not be about an imminent military operation in Syria, but will be an update to the public about his decisions on how... more »
  • Another teen arrested in beating of veteran

    August 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    SPOKANE, WASHINGTON- Authorities say they have everyone involved under arrest in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert Belton last week. A second 16-year-old was taken into custody without incident Monday morning after the first turned himself in. The 88-year-old Belton was beaten last Wednesday and robbed. He... more »
  • March on Washington meets post-9/11 America

    August 24, 2013 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The March on Washington is meeting post-9/11 America. A half century ago, 250,000 people crowded the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stood shoulder to shoulder down the National Mall to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The tens of thousands of people arriving Saturday for an... more »
  • Robert Griffin III fined $10,000 for shirt

    August 22, 2013 10:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel, a T-shirt with "Operation Patience" on it. Griffin, recovering from a knee injury and yet to play in the preseason, wore the shirt on the field before Washington's exhibition game Monday night... more »
  • Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

    August 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year. The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
  • Redskins GM: no controversy between RG3, coach

    August 16, 2013 10:13 AM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen says he doesn't see a controversy between quarterback Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan. Allen said Friday that the views expressed by Griffin and Shanahan reflect "a very competitive player who's dying to play football" and "a very experienced coach... more »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    August 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office. The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
  • Braves, Tigers try to extend streaks

    August 7, 2013 10:29 AM

    UNDATED - The runaway train that is the Atlanta Braves will try to add to its 12-game winning streak when it continues its series with Washington tonight. The Braves' winning ways coupled with the Nationals' free fall has put the Braves a commanding 14 ½ games ahead in the NL... more »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    August 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today. Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
  • Coast Guard assisting search for missing swimmer

    August 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    FRANKLINTON - The Coast Guard is assisting the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office search for a woman who went missing on the Bogue Chitto River near Franklinton. Authorities identified the woman as 22-year-old Melanie Borja of Picayune, Miss. In a news release, the Coast Guard said it received a call Sunday... more »
  • Pelicans to play pre-season game at Rupp Arena

    July 31, 2013 4:39 PM

    LEXINGTON - The NBA's Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans will play a pre-season game in Rupp Arena on October 19th at 7:00 p.m., the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Global Sports Management (GSM) announced today. The game will feature three former UK players, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller from... more »
  • Hopes are high for a Delta Queen return

    July 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river. Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in... more »
  • Obama: Washington took its eye off economic ball

    July 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    GALESBURG, Ill. - President Barack Obama is accusing Washington of taking "its eye off the ball" and getting distracted from the economy. The president is trying to refocus debate on pocketbook concerns after months that have been dominated by what he calls "phony scandals" and "stale debates." Obama's remarks come... more »
  • Trayvon Martin's father to speak on Capitol Hill

    July 24, 2013 8:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be on Capitol Hill for a hearing addressing the challenges faced by African-American boys and men. Tracy Martin will give opening remarks Wednesday at the inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. D.C. Delegate Eleanor... more »
  • Lining up for the stink

    July 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    WASHINGTON- The fleeting bloom of the unusual "corpse flower" drew crowds to the U.S. Botanic Gardens next to the Capitol but the stench the stinky flower gives off is starting to wain. The smell is like rotting flesh. Experts anticipated the bloom for more than a week and the flower... more »
  • La. National Guard employees furloughed

    July 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed. It is related to the national government sequestration. Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September. Leadership at... more »
  • Angola guard tower headed to Smithsonian Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    ANGOLA - A guard tower from Angola State Penitentiary will be removed this week and make its way to Washington D.C. to be displayed in a Smithsonian museum. The tower will be on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is currently... more »
  • Obama laying out vision for good governance

    July 8, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says huge swaths of the federal government are more efficient, transparent and accountable than at any time in U.S. history. Obama is touting "smarter government" programs at an event to highlight his vision for delivering better government services at lower taxpayer expense. He's citing FEMA's... more »
  • Nationals' Zimmerman goes for 12 wins

    July 1, 2013 10:21 AM

    UNDATED - A couple of major league baseball streaks are put on hold today with a limited schedule in the bigs. Pittsburgh gets the day off to savor its nine-game winning streak, while Colorado's Michael Cuddyer puts his 27-game hitting streak on hold because the Rockies are idle. That clears... more »
  • House panel starts rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    June 19, 2013 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON- House lawmakers are beginning work on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that would give states more authority and Washington less. Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday considered a replacement to the law that expired in 2007. From the start,... more »
  • Bridge fails, falls into river with vehicles and people

    May 23, 2013 10:11 PM

    NEAR SEATTLE, Wash.- Cars and people are reportedly in the water after a bridge over a river collapsed Thursday evening. An unknown number of people were injured when the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River apparently failed. Authorities said the bridge fell sometime before 7 p.m. (Washington... more »
  • Stanley Cup play resumes

    May 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    UNDATED - The Washington Capitals are looking to take a 3-0 lead tonight in their best-of-seven first-round NHL playoff series with New York's Rangers. The Caps won the opening games on their own ice and tonight must face the New Yorkers in Madison Square Garden. Following tonight's game, they'll... more »
  • Close vote seen on background checks on gun buyers

    April 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Sponsors of a bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers say this week's expected vote is too close to call. Arizona Republican John McCain, whose home state experienced the Tucson 2011 rampage that wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, says a lot more needs to be done... more »
  • Gun background check deal close

    April 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who've been working on gun control legislation are expected to announce today that they've reached a compromise. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania have been looking at expanding federal background checks to include purchases at gun shows and online. Right now,... more »
  • Moniz backs natural gas 'revolution'

    April 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Ernest Moniz, chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Energy Department, says he will push to increase use of natural gas as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production. Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,... more »
  • Federal lawmakers support Internet sales taxes

    March 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senators supported a law, giving states the power to collect taxes on purchases you make on the Internet. The Nonbinding vote could pave the way for a proposal later this year. Nationally, states miss out on an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes. Louisiana loses about $800... more »
  • Wall has season-high 29; Wizards top Hornets by 9

    March 15, 2013 8:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - John Wall put on a rare shooting show Friday night, scoring a season-high 29 points and matching his career high with three 3-pointers as the Washington Wizards ran their home winning streak to four with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Wall went 12 for 15... more »
  • LSU baseball posts 14th victory, 8-4 over Washington

    March 9, 2013 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU(14-1) cruised to their second win of the weekend on the back of Mason Katz's two home runs, five RBI night. The Tigers have now outscored the Huskies 17-8 through two games. LSU will take on Washington for the third game of the series 1pm... more »
  • LSU vs Washington for Friday at the Box

    March 8, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Tigers kick off this weekend's three-game series against Washington tonight for Friday at the Box, hoping to extend their winning record. It's the last non-conference weekend for third-ranked LSU (12-1) before they face Mississippi State March 15 to start SEC play. LSU has won... more »
  • Winter snowstorm heads toward DC

    March 6, 2013 7:46 AM

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. - After pummeling the nation's midsection with heavy snow, a late-winter storm is converging on the nation's capital. Mid-Atlantic residents are bracing for snarled traffic, power outages, and school and government shutdowns. The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches in... more »
  • JUST IN: Hugo Chavez dead at 58

    March 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    VENEZUELA- Hugo Chavez, the country's president has died. The vice-president announced his death late Tuesday afternoon. Chavez had been undergoing cancer treatment, and had surgery as recently as December. Chavez was 58-years-old. Check back HERE for more on this developing story and watch WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Obama signs order to begin spending cuts

    March 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert. Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts. Obama has insisted... more »
  • Obama: may take weeks, months to fix budget mess

    March 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it may take a couple of weeks or a couple of months to reach a deal to end Washington's battle over spending cuts. The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go... more »
  • US 4Q bank earnings up 37 pct.; highest in 6 years

    February 26, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Profits of U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent from October through December, reaching the highest level in six years as banks continued to step up lending. The figures are fresh evidence of the banking industry's sustained recovery more than four years after the financial crisis. The Federal Deposit Insurance... more »
  • O'Brien to headline correspondents' dinner

    February 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents' Association announced today that late night talk show host Conan O'Brien will be the featured act for its annual dinner. Association president Ed Henry called O'Brien "one of television's most innovative and influential talents." President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traditionally... more »
  • High court reject's rapper C-Murder's appeal

    February 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has passed up another chance to deal with an anomaly of constitutional law that requires federal juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, but allows states to make different rules. The court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of the rapper known as C-Murder, who is... more »
  • First Lady plugs 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

    February 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Oscar-nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" received the First Lady's endorsement. Michelle Obama played host Wednesday at a White House workshop for about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans. Students saw the film, which was shot in Louisiana, then got... more »
  • Energy Secretary Chu to step down

    February 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down. The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan. Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley... more »
  • AP Interview: Clinton raps her Benghazi critics

    February 1, 2013 5:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She says they don't live in an "evidenced-based world" and that their refusal to accept the administration's statements... more »
  • Teen perfomer at inaugural events fatally shot

    January 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    CHICAGO - A 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago. Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital. Authorities say Hadiya was one of... more »
  • Abortion opponents to march in Washington

    January 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are marching through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. Crowds held signs and chanted Friday on the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March for Life. The demonstration this year coincides with the... more »
  • Images suggest North Korea ready for nuke test

    January 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON- A U.S. research institute says recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. The images of the Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, reveal that over the past month, roads have been... more »
  • Obama picks Mary Jo White to lead SEC

    January 24, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon. White served for nearly a decade as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, building a reputation as a tough prosecutor with an... more »
  • Biden meets with Democrats, stoking 2016 chatter

    January 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Joe Biden in 2016? The vice president is stoking speculation that he may be laying groundwork for a presidential campaign with a series of meetings with Democratic supporters throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities. Biden was meeting with delegates from the Democratic National Committee during a private... more »
  • US home sales rose to 5-year high in 2012

    January 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON- U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in 2012 to their highest level in five years, spurred higher by record-low mortgage rates and steady hiring. The National Association of Realtors says sales reached 4.65 million last year. That's up 9.2 percent from 2011 and most since 2007. Sales are... more »
  • Obamas host coffee with congressional leaders

    January 21, 2013 9:05 AM

    WASHINGTON- Could a blend of inaugural excitement and fresh coffee be the stimulant Washington needs to break political gridlock? One could only conjecture as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives played host Monday to congressional leaders of both parties at the White House. The Joint... more »
  • Obama speech sets stage for looming policy fights

    January 21, 2013 6:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country's future while leaving the details of the policy fights over taxes, guns, immigration and other divisive issues for another day. White House aides say the president will not make a... more »
  • Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

    January 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The Obama administration first proposed a "fracking" rule last May, with a final rule expected by the... more »
  • GOP official: House to vote on delaying debt limit

    January 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican official says the GOP-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meets its obligations. Full details aren't settled yet, but the move is aimed at giving the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected... more »
  • FAA grounds Boeing 787s to address battery fires

    January 16, 2013 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will issue an emergency safety order requiring airlines to temporarily cease operating the 787, Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane. The... more »
  • Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

    January 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Even as he uses his executive powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the approval of Congress, President Barack Obama says there's only so much he can do to reduce gun violence unless lawmakers act. He says that's what it will take to make a "real and... more »
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    January 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from... more »
  • Newtown families invited to Obama gun control event

    January 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of last month's shooting attack at a Connecticut elementary school have been invited to the White House today to see President Barack Obama outline an effort aimed at reducing gun violence. Obama's ideas include bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines --... more »
  • US taps pension fund to avoid passing debt limit

    January 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit. Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the move will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the... more »
  • Obama: Debt limit increase can't be tied to spending cuts

    January 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... more »
  • Obama, Karzai agree to speed military transition

    January 11, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Within a few months, U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be shifting to a support role, letting Afghanistan's own troops take the lead in providing for the security of their country. The accelerated timetable was announced today by President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after a meeting... more »
  • NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

    January 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says some participants at its White House meeting seemed more interested in demonizing the Second Amendment than keeping students safe. The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most... more »
  • Christian group lists the world's worst persecutors

    January 8, 2013 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - North Korea continues to be the worst country in the world to be a Christian, according to the new World Watch List released by Open Doors USA. The list ranks North Korea as the world's worst persecutor of Christians for the 11th year in a row, followed by... more »

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