01/23/2014 1:07amThe Associated Press-GfK poll on President Obama and politics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Jan. 17-21. It is based on online interviews of 1,060 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
01/23/2014 1:10amHere's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.
01/23/2014 4:11amMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to attract talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit.
01/23/2014 5:30amGermany says it will hold next year's Group of Eight summit at a secluded spa hotel in the Bavarian Alps.
01/23/2014 6:06amCivil rights and liberties around the world declined for the eighth straight year, dragged down by the Egyptian military's coup, Venezuela clinging to authoritarianism and Russian President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on opposition groups, according to a pro-democracy watchdog group.
01/23/2014 6:59amParents charged with keeping their four young boys in a squalid Denver apartment are scheduled to enter pleas during an arraignment hearing.
01/23/2014 7:16amA Southern California woman has given birth to identical triplets, instantly doubling the size of her family.
01/23/2014 7:22amAttorney General Eric Holder is backing a bill to give federal judges more discretion over sentencing for some drug crimes.
01/23/2014 7:38amThe brother of a man who died after collapsing during a run in a New York City park has died days later, also while jogging.
01/23/2014 7:45amA former town tax collector in Connecticut has been arrested on allegations she deleted important data from town computers after losing an election.
01/23/2014 8:24amA former BP engineer convicted of obstructing a Justice Department probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a judge to disqualify himself from the case.
01/23/2014 9:03amThe diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas _ a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.
01/23/2014 9:14amWant to know what's in next week's State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama?
01/23/2014 9:29amMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan Thursday to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to entice talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit.
01/23/2014 9:48amDowned wires stranded nearly 200 passengers on the nation's second-busiest commuter railroad for about two hours in 10-degree weather in Connecticut, and crews worked in frigid temperatures Thursday to repair the problem.
01/23/2014 10:00amA subsidiary of General Electric has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve claims its employees made false statements to the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a reactor component.
01/23/2014 10:11amThe body of a missing woman has been found inside a van, five days after authorities in New Mexico towed it away.
01/23/2014 10:27amHave you seen U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman?
01/23/2014 10:35amThe American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school board in Louisiana, alleging officials at one of its schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely pushes Christian beliefs.
01/23/2014 10:50amWarning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.
01/23/2014 11:26amThe commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Thursday the tensions between China and Japan are likely to grow unless they talk to each other.
01/23/2014 11:32amA girl who wears hearing aids was inspired to see a Seahawks player who wears hearing aids make it to the Superbowl this past weekend. She wrote him a letter and he responded in kind.
01/23/2014 11:39amBond has been set at $5 million for an ex-con charged in the Cleveland death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother.
01/23/2014 11:46amBow hunters near Fairbanks, Alaska, are having problems with their aim.
01/23/2014 12:04pmAs President Barack Obama begins his sixth year in office, people are largely pessimistic about the country's direction, down on the condition of the economy and doubtful it will bounce back anytime soon.
01/23/2014 12:05pmAn elementary school principal in Washington state has been placed on leave while the district investigates her use of the N-word to students.
01/23/2014 12:18pmThe U.N. peacekeeping chief says nearly half a million people were forced to flee new outbreaks of violence last year in Darfur.
01/23/2014 12:23pmRwanda has denied U.N. experts' allegations that a Congolese rebel group is recruiting inside its borders, trying to regroup in violation of a peace agreement reached last month.
01/23/2014 12:26pmTwo parents accused of neglecting their four young boys and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse charges on Thursday.
01/23/2014 1:20pmAn elderly Nevada man who told police he shot his wife in a hospital to end her suffering will not face a potential death penalty for murder, a prosecutor said Thursday.
01/23/2014 1:28pmA former California Death Row inmate has failed to participate in his weeklong murder retrial even though he was serving as his own attorney.
01/23/2014 1:29pmFewer than half of adult Latino citizens voted in the 2012 presidential elections, according to the U.S. Census, and that has prompted two national Latino organizations to step up voter registration efforts this year, months ahead of the 2014 elections.
01/23/2014 1:37pmAnheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. has removed the "Hold my beer and watch this" videos from its Bud Light YouTube page, and the craft brewer that sued over use of the phrase has dropped the legal action.
01/23/2014 1:42pmA white Houston-area man accused of sucker punching an elderly black man has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge.
01/23/2014 1:43pmThe Food and Drug Administration says there's no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure.
01/23/2014 1:52pmA southwestern Illinois man was sentenced Thursday to a decade in federal prison for his role in a drug-trafficking ring that prosecutors say involved an admittedly drug-addicted judge and a prosecutor who later died of a cocaine overdose.
01/23/2014 1:58pmFormer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told fellow Republicans on Thursday that rival Democrats were trying to win over female voters by promising them birth control and telling them "they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government." Huckabee made the comment as he was making a pitch that the GOP needs to broaden its appeal.
01/23/2014 1:59pmThe tea party movement succeeded in convincing many Americans that government is the problem and Democrats have been ineffective in persuading them otherwise, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said Thursday in calling for a "robust defense of government."
01/23/2014 2:10pmJudges in the U.S. and in Canada on Thursday approved the sale of a Maine-based railroad that went bankrupt after one of its trains derailed in Canada, setting off an explosion and fire that killed 47 people.
01/23/2014 2:13pmOne of the most potent outside liberal-oriented political groups announced on Thursday that it would back Hillary Rodham Clinton if she chooses to seek the White House in 2016, the latest sign that senior members of President Barack Obama's team were looking to line up with the former first lady.
01/23/2014 2:36pmRep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure.
01/23/2014 2:49pmRep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress, will give the party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
01/23/2014 2:58pmA second woman has come forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by a woman who made similar accusations.
01/23/2014 3:03pmFormer NSA contractor Edward Snowden says there's no way he can come home to a fair trial under current U.S. law.
01/23/2014 3:10pmFor the United States and its negotiating partners, the next round of nuclear talks with Iran could present a difficult decision: to sign another temporary agreement or accept nothing less than an ambitious, multiyear accord to dismantle the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
01/23/2014 3:22pmA second woman has come forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by a woman who made similar accusations.
01/23/2014 3:45pmCongress has cleared the way for the United States to provide Iraq with new military equipment to aid its battle against al-Qaida.
01/23/2014 3:46pmA Purdue University student accused of killing a fellow student inside a classroom was formally charged with murder on Thursday shortly before his initial court hearing.
01/23/2014 3:46pmNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's relentless pursuit of a tax hike on wealthy city residents to pay for universal prekindergarten has put him on a collision course with most powerful politician in the state, and the political fallout could set a precedent for the mayor's new administration.
01/23/2014 3:55pmMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants the federal government to set aside 50,000 work visas for bankrupt Detroit over the next five years. Here are some facts and figures about the EB-2 visas he is seeking:
01/23/2014 4:01pmU.S. Sen. Joe Manchin wants the West Virginia facility that caused a chemical spill torn to the ground.
01/23/2014 4:05pmThe company that handled a background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden allegedly defrauded the government by submitting at least 665,000 investigations that had not been properly completed, and then tried to cover it up when the government suspected what was going on.
01/23/2014 4:11pmU.S. officials are developing plans to use a small number of U.S. special operations forces in Jordan to train Iraqi troops as part of a broader effort to help Iraq fight the growing al-Qaida threat within its borders.
01/23/2014 4:15pmA Washington state lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase what is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation to $12 an hour over the next three years, but the measure faces an uphill battle in a politically divided Legislature.
01/23/2014 4:30pmWhich recent president has used the word "gay" most often in a public speech, statement or proclamation? And who used it the least, or not at all?
01/23/2014 4:31pmColumbine High School, where a school shooting left 13 people dead in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls, law enforcement said Thursday.
01/23/2014 4:34pmAttorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is planning to roll out regulations soon that would allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers.
01/23/2014 4:36pmFormer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told fellow Republicans on Thursday that rival Democrats were trying to win over female voters by promising them free birth control and telling them "they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government." Huckabee made the comment as he was making a pitch that the GOP needs to broaden its appeal and end its internal divisiveness.
01/23/2014 4:47pmThe Mormon church has issued a sweeping defense of Utah's famously strict liquor laws, drawing a line against tourism, restaurant and bar industry advocates who have helped ease alcohol regulations in recent years.
01/23/2014 4:52pmBoaters discovered 25 dead pilot whales on an island off Florida's southwest coast Thursday, raising the death toll to 33.
01/23/2014 4:57pmAccident investigation boards in the U.S. and Canada called on Thursday for tougher regulation of trains carrying crude oil, warning that an accident in a populated area could cause a "major loss of life," as well as significant property and environmental damage. Worries about shipping crude oil by train have been heightened by recent accidents:
01/23/2014 5:01pmAdults who visit the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center will be charged $24 admission.
01/23/2014 5:03pmA suburban New York police chief who taught sex-abuse awareness classes to children has been accused of downloading and sharing more than 120 images of child pornography.
01/23/2014 5:20pmPresident Barack Obama says the cease-fire deal in South Sudan is a critical first step toward lasting peace.
01/23/2014 5:54pmTwo law enforcement officers were killed Thursday when their cars collided during a pursuit in rural western Oklahoma, and the suspect died in a separate crash a few miles away, authorities said.
01/23/2014 6:07pmAn Oklahoma man who was convicted of stabbing a close friend to death more than a quarter-century ago was executed Thursday.
01/23/2014 6:17pmA power company is raising money for a $10 million X Prize to spur technology to capture and use carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants.
01/23/2014 6:29pmMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.
01/23/2014 6:41pmA conservative scholar and author known recently for his critical works on President Barack Obama was indicted in New York on charges he violated campaign finance laws, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
01/23/2014 6:42pmPresident Barack Obama has discussed economic priorities with hundreds of mayors visiting Washington from across the U.S.
01/23/2014 6:43pmDrivers who got speeding camera tickets in a Cincinnati-area village are entitled to nearly $1.8 million in refunds, pending the village's appeal of class action status, a southwest Ohio judge ruled Thursday.
01/23/2014 6:45pmWarning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.
01/23/2014 6:50pmA con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam was convicted by a jury on Thursday in a plot to avenge his sentence by hiring a hit man to decapitate the federal judge and the U.S. attorney in his fraud case.
01/23/2014 7:52pmFederal authorities will limit the use of shackles on immigrants who appear before immigration judges under a settlement of a class-action lawsuit approved Thursday.
01/23/2014 8:08pmA judge handed an 18-month prison sentence to a Hawaii man who admitted he falsely reported a possible airplane hijacking because he was drunk and trying to get even with a roommate who had put fish guts in his truck.
01/23/2014 9:17pmThe relatives of a 17-year-old Northern California girl say she was shot and killed by her 14-year-old brother because of an argument over laundry.
01/23/2014 10:13pmNew York's Metro-North Railroad has restored service after a computer system power problem forced it to temporarily stop trains on three of its five lines. Residual delays are expected.
01/23/2014 11:05pmSome school officials try to prevent students from tweeting in class. But others are embracing social media as a learning tool, saying sites like Twitter can expand discussions beyond a classroom's four walls.