By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:24 a.m.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that if they don't resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad, defense officials said.
By The Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:23 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and almost 100 foreign leaders expected.
By GRANT PECK and JINDA WEDEL, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11 a.m.
BANGKOK — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house on Monday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.
By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 10:54 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego, completing the fall of the former 10-term congressman who barely a year ago achieved his long dream of being elected leader of the nation's eighth-largest city.
By Mark Drajem and Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News
December 9, 2013 10:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Two of President Barack Obama's top pollution-control measures face courtroom tests Tuesday as coal-dependent utilities, miners and some states challenge what they call overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:02 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
By Josh Hicks, The Washington Post
December 9, 2013 9:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $55.5 million in grants to help bolster a health care workforce that is stretched thin and possibly facing greater strain under the Affordable Care Act.
By IM HEINTZ and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 8:51 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Angry anti-government protesters toppled a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the center of Kiev on Sunday and blockaded key government buildings amid huge street protests, raising the stakes in an escalating standoff with President Viktor Yanukovych.
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 8, 2013 8:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In a pointed rebuttal to President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Iran could be forced to drop its nuclear program and urged new economic sanctions.
By David Lightman, McClatchy-Tribune
December 8, 2013 8:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A congressional budget deal expected this week might not be a grand bargain to solve the country’s long-term fiscal problems, but it is largely what Americans want, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.
By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 3:31 p.m.
MIAMI — When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn't get the commission or be listed as the follow-up contact if his client needed help again later.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 2:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.
By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 2:40 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. — A winter storm delivered a sloppy smorgasbord of snow, freezing rain and sleet to the southern Mid-Atlantic region and other states Sunday, with parts of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey seeing more than 3 inches of accumulation, making driving dangerous for millions of residents nationwide.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, JON GAMBRELL, JASON STRAZIUSO and ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 2:39 p.m.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman -- from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.