Updated: 11:11 AM President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.
Updated: 10:34 AM One week after the mass shootings that killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school – 20 of them children – the nation's largest gun-rights lobby is returning to the spotlight as Congress prepares to consider tighter restrictions on firearms in the new year.
Updated: 11:36 PM Unable to round up enough support, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession.
Updated: 11:51 AM WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.
Updated: 9:48 AM The debate about possible gun control measures has caused a run on guns at gun stores in the Houston area but it is not the gun stores that some lawmakers are concerned about; rather, they are worried about loopholes in current law.
Updated: 9:24 AM An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management failures at the State Department led to inadequate security that left the diplomatic mission vulnerable.
Posted: 8:39 PM The State Department has begun to implement recommendations to improve security at U.S. diplomatic missions called for by an independent panel set up to investigate the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Updated: 11:39 PM Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered problems with security background checks of workers at a Washington-area center.
Posted: 8:12 PM The University of Connecticut is creating a scholarship fund for students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 20 students and six staff members were gunned down last week.
Updated: 9:44 AM Democratic lawmakers said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States.
Posted: 11:37 AM Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Posted: 11:30 AM Two senators are calling for a national commission to examine mass shootings in the United States, while a colleague says she's pushing to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons.