WASHINGTON (AP) - The new 114th Congress counts more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.
OS ANGELES (AP) - The first Jewish Miss America, who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, has died. Bess Myerson was 90.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.
Another plunge in the price of oil pushed stocks sharply lower on Monday. Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday. Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.
NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower Monday, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil plunged again. The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc.
Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.
NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.
NEW YORK (AP) - The cellphone video of the last moments of Eric Garner's life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, "I can't breathe."
NEW YORK (AP) - A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.
NEW YORK (AP) - A batch of good news on the U.S. economy nudged stocks slightly higher Wednesday as major indexes flitted near record levels. Oil and gas companies climbed as the price of crude oil edged up.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three women who claim they were victimized by Bill Cosby are scheduled to appear at a press conference called by attorney Gloria Allred.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The stepfather of Michael Brown has apologized for angry comments he made after the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed his stepson, but said his remarks had nothing to do with the arson and looting that ravaged Ferguson and the surrounding area.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against pregnant women.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is moving Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year, adding about $45 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports the procedure and health insurers should pay for it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gains in energy companies are leading the U.S. stock market to a higher close.
DETROIT (AP) - At least five automakers are teaming up to determine what is causing a problem with air bags used in their vehicles and how many cars to recall because of it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Republican senator says President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee for defense secretary.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.