By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 3, 2015 4:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — As the number of U.S. drilling rigs plummets by a third and thousands in the industry face layoffs, oil companies are focusing on an effort to persuade Congress to lift the longstanding ban on oil exports.
By STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 1:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest.
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 12:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will promote educating girls around the world during a mid-March visit to U.S. ally Japan, and to Cambodia, a place where the government's record on human rights gave her husband pause during a reluctant visit a few years ago.
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 11:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.
By MICHAEL BIESECKER and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 12:29 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he shared classified material with her for her book.
By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 10:48 a.m.
MONTREUX, Switzerland — Senior U.S. and Iranian officials kicked off the second day of the latest round of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland Tuesday as Israel's leader declared to the U.S. Congress that Tehran aims for Mideast dominance and won't let any such deal thwart its plan.
By ARON HELLER and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 10:47 a.m.
WASHINGTON — In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran gets nuclear weapons to the detriment of the entire world.
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
March 3, 2015 10:01 a.m.
BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops and Shiite militias battled the Islamic State group Tuesday on the outskirts of militant-held Tikrit, unable to advance further on Saddam Hussein's hometown as roadside mines and suicide attacks slowed their progress.
By Associated Press/The Columbian
March 3, 2015 6:05 p.m.
Republican Liz Pike of Camas warned her colleagues in the House on Tuesday raising the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour would rob young people of opportunities to work jobs where they could develop lifelong skills.
By Anne Gearan, The Washington Post
March 2, 2015 9:36 p.m.
Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account for her official government business when she was secretary of state and did not routinely preserve and turn over those emails for government records collection, the State Department said on Monday.