By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau
March 27, 2015 5:52 p.m.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Envoys from the six global powers that have spent 18 months trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran hope to complete an outline as early as Sunday, two days before the March 31 deadline, according to a top diplomat.
By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
March 27, 2015 11:57 a.m.
OLYMPIA — House Democrats on Friday released a two-year budget plan that proposes a capital gains tax as part of $1.4 billion in new spending to address a court mandate to increase money to the state's basic education system.
By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press
March 27, 2015 10:50 a.m.
SANAA, Yemen — Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the way for possible ground operations.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
March 27, 2015 10:46 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press
March 27, 2015 10:44 a.m.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could pre-empt attempts to find common ground at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
March 27, 2015 11:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.
By Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review
March 27, 2015 6 a.m.
BOISE — Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho's tax system — lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from groceries and raising the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon.
By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press
March 26, 2015 6:23 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released today.
By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press
March 26, 2015 1:39 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Several congressional members on Thursday called on the U.S. Interior Department to slow down an overhaul of the rules for recognizing American Indian tribes, saying more study is needed of problems that could result from the "sweeping changes."
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press
March 26, 2015 1:12 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.
By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press
March 26, 2015 1:08 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people.
WASHINGTON — The White House confirmed Thursday that President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis on Sept. 23, when they will discuss topics including the environment, religious freedom and immigration. It was the latest detail announced about Francis' fall trip — his first to the United States — which will include a speech to Congress and the United Nations.