JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 10:10 a.m.
BEIJING — Casting a spotlight on China's controls on the media, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. journalists working in Beijing Thursday after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government.
By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 10:07 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Grant Smith and Nayla Razzouk, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 12:27 p.m.
NEW YORK — Iran's announcement this week that it expects to increase oil exports and discuss new deals with energy companies is the latest salvo in a debate over easing economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:42 a.m.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber and representatives of the Obama administration have signed a breakthrough agreement for sharing scarce water in the Upper Klamath Basin, where irrigation was shut off to ranchers last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly awarded water rights to protect fish.
By The Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:23 a.m.
Senior Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis was assassinated outside his home in southern Beirut late Tuesday — a sharp blow to the Iranian-backed Shiite group. Hezbollah has no shortage of rivals eager to strike at its strongholds and leadership:
By By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "defining challenge of our time."
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.
The sheriff's office hopes to curb aggressive panhandling through an ordinance that would restrict where panhandling occurs and how it's done. Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Randon Walker hosted an informal public forum Tuesday evening to explain the draft ordinance and get feedback.
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 Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune
December 3, 2013 10:50 a.m.
The University of Notre Dame has re-filed its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenging the controversial mandate that employers cover contraception in the health care benefits they provide workers.
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.