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Senate Bill Would End NSA Phone Records Collection

Posted: 07/29/2014 - Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.

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Study: 35 Percent in US Facing Debt Collectors

Posted: 07/29/2014 - A study by the Urban Institute shows that more than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies.

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House Panel Condemns Obama for Prisoner Swap

Posted: 07/29/2014 - A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

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Kerry Shrugs off Israeli Criticism

Posted: 07/29/2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.

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Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Secretary

Updated: 07/29/2014 - The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

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Body Of Child Stowaway Found In U.S. Military Cargo Plane

Updated: 07/29/2014 - Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the stowaway was a black male who may have been of African origin. He said the plane stopped in several African countries before it arrived Sunday at Germany's Ramstein air base.

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Appeals Court Allows Sept. 11 Steel Cross Display

Posted: 07/29/2014 - A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center's wreckage.

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US: Russia Violated 1987 Nuclear Missile Treaty

Posted: 07/29/2014 - The Obama administration accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

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UPDATE: Overnight Bombardment Shakes Gaza

Posted: 07/28/2014 - In the Middle East, repeated explosions have been lighting up the Gaza skyline, turning it orange during a heavy night of bombardment.

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US Fuming Over Israeli Criticism of Kerry

Posted: 07/28/2014 - The Obama administration pushed back Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism aimed at Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, with U.S. officials saying Kerry had in no way abandoned key Israeli needs.

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Deal on Veterans' Health Care Costs At Least $15B

Posted: 07/28/2014 - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

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California Lightning Strikes 9; Conditions Unknown

Updated: 07/28/2014 - Authorities say eight people have been struck by lightning on Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach boardwalk, with a ninth person hit on Southern California's Catalina Island.

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Tentative Deal Reached on VA Reform

Posted: 07/27/2014 - The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.

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US Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes

Posted: 07/26/2014 - People assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya have been moved to neighboring Tunisia because of concerns about violence and instability there.

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Police Still Investigating After Burglar Killed

Posted: 07/26/2014 - Los Angeles County prosecutors are awaiting the police investigation into an 80-year-old man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley.

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Cooler Weather Helps Firefighters in Washington

Updated: 07/25/2014 - Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday.

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