Two U.S. senators vow support in Ukraine

World / Politics Dec 16, 2013

Two U.S. senators vow support in Ukraine

A showdown between Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other drew closer Sunday, as two American senators told a crowd of hundreds of thousands of protesters that Ukraine's future lies to the west, not east. "We are ...

Republicans back U.S. budget deal; deficits to rise in short term

World / Politics Dec 13, 2013

Republicans back U.S. budget deal; deficits to rise in short term

The Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a compromise spending plan Thursday easing across-the-board federal spending cuts and designed to prevent future government shutdowns. The legislation, backed by the White House, cleared on a vote of 332-94, with lopsided majorities of Republicans and Democrats alike voting ...

Bipartisan congressional negotiators agree on U.S. budget deal

World / Politics Dec 11, 2013

Bipartisan congressional negotiators agree on U.S. budget deal

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congressional negotiators reached a modest U.S. budget agreement on Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts to programs ranging from parks to the Defense Department, with votes expected in both houses by week's end. The spending ...

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

World / Politics Dec 11, 2013

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

It was the briefest of moments — just seconds — as two presidents shook hands and exchanged pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders gathered to honor the late Nelson Mandela. It would hardly have been noteworthy, except that the men locking hands in Johannesburg ...

Gun rift widens, year after Newtown

World / Crime & Legal Dec 10, 2013

Gun rift widens, year after Newtown

A year ago, the massacre of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, confronted Americans with vexing questions about guns and violence. The collective search for answers has given way to ambivalence and deepened division. Today, half of Americans say the country needs stricter ...

Congressional committee ponders aliens — the space kind

World / Offbeat Dec 5, 2013

Congressional committee ponders aliens — the space kind

Lawmakers held a free-ranging and sometimes bewildering hearing Wednesday on the search for extraterrestrial life, gradually working around to the question of whether humans are alone in the universe. At the end of the 90-minute session, that issue remained unresolved. Called "Astrobiology: The Search for ...

U.S. Congress plans tough Iran sanctions if nuclear deal fails

World Nov 25, 2013

U.S. Congress plans tough Iran sanctions if nuclear deal fails

U.S. lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the accord falls apart. In an early morning announcement, Tehran agreed Sunday to ...