PARIS (AP) - New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the time has passed for Syrian President Basher Assad to leave power.
His first official meetings with France's leadership come amid increasing efforts by both countries to bolster Syria's opposition.
Kerry met Wednesday with French
By ALAN FRAM and PHILIP ELLIOTTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Neil Heslin says it's all about his slain son, Jesse.
Heslin, a 50-year-old construction worker, says he normally pays little attention to politics. But he was yanked painfully into the middle of the nation's gun debate last
By SUZANNE GAMBOAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rosa Parks is famous for her 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in Alabama to a white man, but there's plenty about the rest of her experiences that she deliberately withheld from her family.
While Parks and her husband, Raymond,
By MARK SHERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box comes before the Supreme Court in a case that weighs the nation's enormous progress in civil rights against the need to continue to protect minority voters.
The justices are
By SOPHIA TAREENAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - The newly elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech.
But it remains to
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel takes charge at the Defense Department with deep budget cuts looming and Republican opponents still doubtful that he's up to the job.
Hagel is expected to be sworn in Wednesday and is likely to address the staff in his first day as
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wal-Mart is putting special labels on some store-brand products to help shoppers quickly spot healthier items. Millions of schoolchildren are helping themselves to vegetables from salad bars in their lunchrooms, while
By SAM HANANELAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal employee labor unions are trying to soften the blow for more than 1 million government workers who may be forced to take unpaid time off if mandatory budget cuts kick in this week.
Union leaders have been working furiously to persuade agency
By RICHARD LARDNERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior House Democrat is proposing to eliminate the pending automatic spending cuts while also trimming the government's budget by more than $300 billion in hopes of paving the way for a broader agreement over how to tame the federal
By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.
They know the shtick: Obama raises the alarm, Democrats and Republicans accuse each