| Jan 21, 2014
| 10:32 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court became the first in the nation to rule that prospective jurors may not be excluded because of their sexual orientation, a decision that expands juror protections beyond race and gender and provides legal...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:59 AM
WASHINGTON — A divided Obama administration privacy panel has recommended ending the bulk collection of U.S. phone records, saying the controversial program amounts to an unlawful invasion of privacy that has not made Americans any safer.
| Nov 20, 2013
| 1:39 PM
If there is sustenance for President Obama as his popularity plummets, it could be seen twice over the last 24 hours.
On Tuesday night, former President George W. Bush, whose name was so toxic that it barely came up in the 2012 presidential campaign,...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 1:58 AM
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.
The missionary, Kenneth Bae, made the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:57 PM
Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74.
Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a three-year battle...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:30 AM
WASHINGTON — A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign?
What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:52 PM
If a cartoon balloon had floated atop President Obama’s head during his year-end news conference on Friday it would have said, succinctly: “Good riddance, 2013. Here’s hoping for a better 2014.”
The president certainly noted some...
| Dec 22, 2013
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey weighed in last week on the subject of Edward Snowden. Asked about calls of clemency for the former National Security Agency contractor, Woolsey insisted that Snowden should be "hanged by the neck until he is dead."...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 1:14 PM
When Janet Rowley was accepted into the University of Chicago's medical school in 1944, the quota for women was already filled — three in a class of 65.
So she had to wait a year.
Dr. Rowley made up for that early setback by becoming an...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 3:31 PM
The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in the U.S. has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a Pakistani, a talk-show host and a plethora of politicians.
Despite the healthcare drama, President Obama held on to the top...