09/09/2013 12:37amCongress' September agenda, already destined to be tense and dramatic, got worse while lawmakers were away this summer. Now they end their five-week recess by plunging into an emotional debate over whether to launch missile strikes against Syria.
09/09/2013 12:39amOf all the interests backing President Barack Obama's call for Congress to authorize military strikes on Syria, perhaps none is more concerned about the prospect of a "no" vote than America's pro-Israel lobby, which is finding it difficult to overcome widespread opposition to the use of force.
09/09/2013 12:53amIn the five weeks since he declared his support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has gotten an earful.
09/09/2013 2:17amIn the backyard of his remote Southern California home, Bernie Jones is etching an unconventional blueprint: a construction plan to build his underground survival shelter. It won't be the typical, cramped Cold War-era bunker. It will hold 20 people.
09/09/2013 4:14amSomewhere on the bottom of Italy's largest lake lie the remains of two dozen American soldiers who died when their amphibious vehicle sank in 1945 in the waning days of the fighting in Europe during World War II.
09/09/2013 5:51amThe father of a 14-year-old northern Michigan autistic girl whose mother is charged with trying to kill her says his daughter's condition has improved in recent days.
09/09/2013 6:32amThree years before the next presidential election, several prospective Republican White House contenders are quietly courting senior members of Mitt Romney's money machine.
09/09/2013 7:55amOne of two female Iraq war veterans in Congress is opposing President Barack Obama's call for military strikes against Syria.
09/09/2013 8:13amAnthony Weiner says he won't run for Congress again if he loses the New York mayoral race.
09/09/2013 8:30amHere's a look at the candidates on the ballot in the Democratic Party and Republican Party primaries competing in hopes of succeeding Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
09/09/2013 8:41amOne of the two female Iraq war veterans in Congress said Monday she opposes President Barack Obama's push for punitive military strikes against Syria, underscoring the administration's struggle in trying to rally Democrats to back the use of force.
09/09/2013 9:12amNorth Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp says she cannot support a Senate measure authorizing military force against Syria.
09/09/2013 9:12amAuthorities say a Utah man was airlifted to the hospital over the weekend after being gored by a buffalo he owns, the third animal goring in the state in less than a month.
09/09/2013 9:15amTwelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new one is becoming a reality, with a museum remembering the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year.
09/09/2013 9:27amAuthorities say a driver was killed when his speeding car flew off a Southern California freeway and was hit by a train.
09/09/2013 9:46amSeattle police say a baptism celebration turned into a brawl in which five officers were assaulted and two celebrants were arrested.
09/09/2013 10:06amIowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people.
09/09/2013 10:22amThe U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel.
09/09/2013 10:23amAn alleged Somali pirate is back in jail, less than 24 hours after he was released pending trial.
09/09/2013 10:26amIn a state darkened by the shadow of nightmarish mass shootings, a pair of Colorado lawmakers who voted in favor of new firearms restrictions are fighting to keep their jobs.
09/09/2013 10:45amThe White House says 14 more nations have signed on to a statement blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for a chemical weapons attack and calling for a strong international response.
09/09/2013 10:54amRepublican Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will oppose a measure authorizing U.S. military force against Syria.
09/09/2013 10:55amA 10-year-old boy has died after suffering a severe head injury when the modified golf cart he was riding in overturned in an exclusive gated community north of Beverly Hills.
09/09/2013 11:20amWhite House national security adviser Susan Rice says any U.S. military action against Syria "would not be another war."
09/09/2013 11:44amA doctor's son pleaded guilty Monday to tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.
09/09/2013 11:58amA South Carolina high school has been evacuated for the day after someone burned several American flags outside the front entrance before classes started.
09/09/2013 12:00pmA top national security aide to President Barack Obama says he "didn't speak very artfully" when he suggested Obama wouldn't order a strike in Syria without approval from Congress.
09/09/2013 12:01pmThe commander of China's Navy is beginning his visit to the United States with a stop in San Diego, home of the U.S. Navy fleet that leads the world's largest maritime exercise.
09/09/2013 12:12pmThey came sculpted, waxed, sprayed, curled, spiked _ or just plain bushy.
09/09/2013 12:12pmSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the Syrian government for using deadly chemical weapons in what he calls a "clear violation of human decency."
09/09/2013 12:27pmCoping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums.
09/09/2013 12:34pmNAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who boosted the finances and increased the stability of the nation's largest civil rights organization, plans to step down at the end of the year. Here are some biographic details on Jealous:
09/09/2013 12:51pmNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Monday to require out-of-state law enforcement agencies to notify officials here before conducting surveillance, a bill that was prompted by the New York Police Department spying on Muslims in the state.
09/09/2013 1:34pmRepublican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says he is opposed to President Barack Obama's request for military action against Syria, questioning whether the administration has realistic policy goals for the Mideast nation.
09/09/2013 2:05pmA 69-year-old woman fell about 100 feet into a canyon in southern Arizona, was injured and had to stay there overnight before a man scouting locations to hunt deer spotted her, and a rescue helicopter eventually lifted her out.
09/09/2013 2:16pmPresident Barack Obama will meet with Republican senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to appeal for support on a use-of-force resolution against Syria.
09/09/2013 2:29pmFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed President Barack Obama's attempt to win congressional approval of a military strike in Syria, saying Monday that any move by the Assad regime to surrender its weapons to international control would be an "important step." But Clinton cautioned that the removal of its chemical weapons stockpile should not be an "excuse for delay and obstruction" by Syria.
09/09/2013 2:45pmHuman remains have been found in the burned-out rubble of a Southern California commercial and residential building where two people have been missing.
09/09/2013 2:52pmThe orders the Rev. Carlos Rodriguez got from his religious superiors after he confessed to molesting a 16-year-old boy just hours before were swift and decisive: Leave immediately. Check into a motel. Don't tell anyone where you are going. Await further instructions.
09/09/2013 2:58pmCows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer.
09/09/2013 3:08pmMassachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Barclays Bank PLC has agreed to pay $36.1 million to settle allegations it backed subprime home loans it knew were risky.
09/09/2013 3:18pmThe AFL-CIO plans to open its membership to more non-union groups in an effort to restore the influence of organized labor as traditional union rolls continue to decline.
09/09/2013 3:19pmJohns Hopkins University says it's allowing one of its professors to re-post a blog about the National Security Agency it previously asked him to remove.
09/09/2013 3:56pmU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has expressed grave concern and disappointment to the Mexican government about the early release of a drug cartel leader convicted in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.
09/09/2013 4:02pmPresident Barack Obama is voicing some pessimism about the prospect of Congress approving a use-of-force resolution on Syria, saying, quote: "I wouldn't say I'm confident" about the measure passing.
09/09/2013 4:03pmPresident Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough.
09/09/2013 4:14pmGeorge Zimmerman's attorney says his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun even though Shellie Zimmerman reported that in a 911 call.
09/09/2013 4:14pmBorn without her left forearm, Nicole Kelly has been overcoming disability her entire life, be it playing baseball, dancing or diving.
09/09/2013 4:21pmA small Kentucky liberal arts college lost out on one of the largest gifts in U.S. higher education history when the $250 million donation was withdrawn, school officials said Monday.
09/09/2013 4:21pmThe Senate is delaying a test vote on authorizing U.S. military strikes against Syria.
09/09/2013 4:26pmPresident Barack Obama says he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) about a potential plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international control.
09/09/2013 4:30pmAuthorities say a 62-year-old New York City man has died less than a week after he was assaulted by a man who threatened to "punch the first white man" he saw.
09/09/2013 4:52pmGov. Jerry Brown and the four leaders of California's Legislature reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state's prison population, offering to spend more money on rehabilitation efforts if a panel of federal judges will extend an end-of-the-year deadline to release thousands of inmates.
09/09/2013 5:00pmConservative Party leader Erna Solberg _ nicknamed "Iron Erna" _ will become Norway's new prime minister as the leader of a center-right coalition government likely including an anti-immigration party.
09/09/2013 5:34pmFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi says it was wrong for her office to seek to delay the execution of a former escort service owner because of a campaign fundraiser.
09/09/2013 5:45pmA harsh sentence for an Ohio driver who made an online video confessing that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking would send the wrong message to people trying to take responsibility for a crime, his attorneys said Monday.
09/09/2013 5:58pmYellowstone National Park officials on Monday identified a 3-year-old girl who died from a gunshot wound in the park as Ella Marie Tucker, of Pocatello, Idaho.
09/09/2013 6:15pmBattling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month.
09/09/2013 6:16pmThe White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about chemical weapons use in Syria.
09/09/2013 7:06pmIn a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a "potentially a significant breakthrough" that could head off the threats of U.S. air strikes that have set the world on edge.
09/09/2013 7:40pmNewly disclosed U.S. government files provide an inside look at the Homeland Security Department's practice of seizing and searching electronic devices at the border without showing reasonable suspicion of a crime or getting a judge's approval.
09/09/2013 8:49pmThe sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 on Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
09/09/2013 9:24pmA young homeless man and a 16-year-old girl were arrested Monday on suspicion of shooting two fellow transients, one fatally, with a crossbow off a coastal Northern California highway, authorities said.
09/09/2013 10:02pmUS News & World Report has named Princeton University the best college in the United States, with the University of California-Berkeley the top public school at No. 20 overall.
09/09/2013 10:27pmDon't let the big price tags nix an application to Harvard or Yale. The average student receiving financial aid on those campuses paid about a quarter of the public sticker price and most graduates leave their ivy-covered quads with smaller debts than peers who attended less prestigious schools.
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