By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 8:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued transportation programs in recent years.
By JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:54 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:35 p.m.
McALLEN, Texas — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.
By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau
July 29, 2014 5:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Obama administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands.
By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:18 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, handing him a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
July 29, 2014 5:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After Democrats said Tuesday they had raised $7.6 million by warning supporters that a planned GOP lawsuit against President Barack Obama could lead to impeachment, House Speaker John A. Boehner accused the White House of engaging in a fundraising "scam" because there are "no plans" for such a step.
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2014 4:42 p.m.
Bad timing can be deadly. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs smashed into Earth during a period of environmental turmoil when the ancient food web was vulnerable to collapse, according to a new analysis in the journal Biological Reviews.
LEWISTON, Maine — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 10:32 a.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.
By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 10:14 a.m.
CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.
By KARIN LAUB and PETER ENAV, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 10:06 a.m.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.
BEIRUT — Insurgents fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad detonated bomb-packed tunnels under buildings in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing at least 13 pro-government troops, opposition activists said.