The parents of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by police last summer, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Mo., former Police Chief Thomas Jackson and former Officer Darren Wilson.
The Brown family's attorney, Anthony Gray, promised the case "will highlight the facts that nobody has seen, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A fiery barrage of missiles from CIA drones inadvertently killed two Western hostages, including an American, during an attack on a suspected al-Qaida hideout in northwestern Pakistan, but U.S. officials said Thursday that they won't stop using drones to target and kill terrorists.
The January deaths of Warren Weinstein, a rural ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying.
Cruz's legislation would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action, according to bill ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Senate finally came together Wednesday in rare unanimous support of an anti-human trafficking bill and agreed to a compromise on an abortion provision that had divided the parties, delaying the bill for weeks.
The 99-0 vote on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act came after Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and ...Read more
SANAA, Yemen -- A scaling-back of the Saudi Arabia-led air war brought some relief Wednesday to residents of Yemen's capital, but intensive bombardment continued in the city of Taizz, and street fighting raged in the port of Aden, the country's commercial center.
The warring parties in Yemen -- Shiite Muslim insurgents known as Houthis, ...Read more
MIAMI -- With a sawgrass prairie at his back and spring rain clouds darkening the sky, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast the beleaguered Everglades as the poster child for climate change.
Obama called for quick and aggressive action in a speech that pivoted between touting the administration's efforts so far and calling out Republicans ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers gear up for a rancorous debate on a bill that would help President Obama secure a Pacific Rim trade deal, congressional Democrats and their allies are making the case that such an agreement would be disastrous for American jobs and wages.
For many, Exhibit No. 1 is the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Perhaps ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- White House officials on Tuesday told representatives of Armenian advocacy groups that the Obama administration once again will avoid the word "genocide" to describe the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians when they were forcibly deported from what is now Turkey during World War I.
Denis McDonough, the White House chief ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said his fellow Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have been wrong and misleading in their criticism of the trade deals he is negotiating with Asian and European countries.
In some of his most blunt comments criticizing his own party on trade, Obama accused some Democrats of playing politics, a line...Read more
WASHINGTON -- More than six months after her nomination to become U.S. attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch may finally get a confirmation vote this week in the Senate.
The choice of Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace Attorney General Eric Holder has become a political casualty of a Senate ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia's government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sanaa, the capital.
The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks came as the Pentagon moved the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.
The Obama administration and Iran have been at odds over how quickly sanctions will begin to be lifted ...Read more
ISLAMABAD -- When President Barack Obama meets at the White House Monday with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, he'll be in conversation with a small, deep-pocketed Persian Gulf country that has mastered the art of public diplomacy to practically reengineer Hollywood's perception of Arab culture.
The UAE is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Most of what grabs headlines in the coming campaign will have little or no effect on who wins, past experience has shown. But underneath the hoopla, two clashing realities will shape what is likely to be a close and hard-fought battle.
Democrats will be trying to win a third consecutive presidential election, a difficult task made...Read more
ATHENS, Greece ––Greece said it won't renege on election pledges to end austerity measures as creditors pressed for a compromise to avert a wider crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi both called on the Greek government to do more to resolve the standoff as cash reserves dwindle. Greek ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.
Republican congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Barack Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to attending a gay wedding, not all presidential aspirants say "I do."
It sounded at first like a simple, if unusual, question to ask a potential leader of the free world: Would you go to a same-sex wedding?
But it is fast becoming a kind of conservative litmus test for potential Repubican presidential candidates.
NASHUA, N.H. -- More than a dozen Republicans eyeing the White House gathered here Friday and Saturday to make their cases to hundreds of party activists, drawing out areas of disagreement in the expansive field that will likely emerge as contentious fault lines in the 2016 nominating process.
The most potent conflict at thetwo-day conference ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In a forceful denouncement, President Barack Obama derided the "political gamesmanship" that he said continues to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general five months after he first nominated her for the job.
Speaking at a news conference Friday with the Italian prime minister, an apparently ...Read more
MIAMI -- A federal parole board has cleared another Guantanamo "forever prisoner" -- a 37-year-old Yemeni who the U.S. profiled as having met Osama bin Laden -- for release from the detention center in southeast Cuba.
"I am against violence. I don't have the least intention to spend any more time with other detainees," Mashoor al-Sabri told the...Read more
- Sen. Ted Cruz introduces bills to stop gay marriage
- Parents of Michael Brown file lawsuit against Ferguson, police chief and Darren Wilson
- Deaths of 2 Western hostages won't end US drone strikes
- Senate finally passes human trafficking bill
- Obama in Everglades: Threats from climate change 'can't be edited out' of conversation