By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Trying to align lawmakers with the people they represent, Congress three years ago decided that when the new health care plan took effect, members would give up their platinum health benefits and enroll in the online marketplaces created for millions of other Americans.
By MICHAEL MELIA and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 11:22 a.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Recordings released Wednesday of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as the boom of gunfire could be heard at times in the background.
By Matt Volz, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 9:56 a.m.
HELENA, Mont. — A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.
By Andrew Zajac and Andrew Harris, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 9:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Hours after the University of Notre Dame filed a religious challenge to the U.S. health-care overhaul in Indiana federal court, a judge in Washington heard arguments in a lawsuit assailing tax provisions of the statute.
By James Nash, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 9:38 a.m.
IRWINDALE, Calif. — On days when thousands of jalapeno peppers are ground to make the hot, tangy sauce favored by chefs nationwide, a fine red powder coats Dena Zepeda's silver Nissan and, when she's outside, collects in her ears.
By Jason Gale, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 9:24 a.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Hong Kong beefed up surveillance of travelers with fever, activating part of a pandemic preparedness plan, after confirming its first case of a new strain of bird flu that killed 45 people in China.
By ALICIA A.CALDWELL, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — With the advent of 3-D printers capable of producing plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.
By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 5:09 p.m.
PARIS — French scientists looking into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have dismissed poisoning by radioactive polonium, his widow announced Tuesday. The results contradict earlier findings by a Swiss lab, and mean it’s still unclear how Arafat died nine years ago.
By Lisa Mascaro, McClatchy-Tribune
December 3, 2013 12:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, as House Republicans began considering changes to the nation's immigration laws after their party's defeat in the presidential election, they were given a list of do's and don'ts that updated GOP thinking on the issue.
By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:45 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — With Ukraine's president out of the country and his opponents still boiling with anger, the country's political tensions Tuesday appeared mired in a standoff as large protest rallies showed no sign of letting up.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.
By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.