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US Readies Rationale for Possible Syria Strike

Updated: 08/27/2013 - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

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Facebook: Governments Demanded Data on 38K Users

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Social networking giant Facebook says government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.

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U.S. Home Prices Rise at 12.1 Pct. in June

Posted: 08/27/2013 - U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But monthly price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may be weighing on the housing recovery.

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Kerry: Assad Destroyed Evidence of Attack

Updated: 08/27/2013 - Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria and is accusing President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence.

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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Afghan War Veteran

Posted: 08/26/2013 - President Barack Obama bestowed the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as "the essence of true heroism," one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.

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Heat Prompts Early Dismissals in Midwest Schools

Updated: 08/26/2013 - Students throughout the Midwest are getting out of school early this week because of sweltering temperatures and a lack of air conditioning in some classrooms.

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NAACP Keeping up Pressure in Trayvon Martin Case

Posted: 08/26/2013 - NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.

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Western Leaders Mull Military Response in Syria

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Western leaders are discussing whether to stage a military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. France and Germany, which refused to support the 2003 Iraq invasion, suggested Monday they may take part. Russia said any such intervention would violate international law.

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US Gas Prices Decline 4 Cents a Gallon

Posted: 08/25/2013 - The average price of gasoline has fallen 4 cents a gallon over the past two weeks and 20 cents since this time last year.

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Yosemite Fire 'Poses Every Challenge There Can Be'

Posted: 08/25/2013 - With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect mountain communities in the path of a fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.

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Churches Changing Bylaws After Gay Marriage Ruling

Posted: 08/24/2013 - Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.

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Obama Plays Down US Intervening in Syria

Posted: 08/23/2013 - President Barack Obama on Friday played down the prospect of speedy U.S. intervention in Syria, stressing the difficulty of ordering military action against the Assad government without a strong international coalition and a legal mandate from the United Nations.

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20 National Guardsmen Hurt in NC Bus Wreck

Posted: 08/23/2013 - Twenty people were hurt Friday, one critically, when a bus carrying North Carolina National Guard soldiers overturned north of Charlotte, authorities said.

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Lawyers Settle Paula Deen Lawsuit in Georgia

Posted: 08/23/2013 - Attorneys have signed an agreement to dismiss a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen and her brother.

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