Outgoing Vancouver City Council members will have their names and years of service on engraved bricks in Propstra Square across from City Hall, a tradition that will start with Jeanne Harris and Jeanne Stewart.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 1:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Racing a midnight deadline, Congress is ready to renew the expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But lawmakers are sure to reject toughening those restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
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 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 1:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
By Steven DuBois, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 12:48 p.m.
PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber was once known as Dr. No for vetoing Republican legislation. Now the Democrat says he’s running for re-election with a record and leadership style he describes as centrist.
Rob Figley may be gone, but all the good things he brought to Clark County keep percolating. You can still enjoy that special Figley flavor via Compass Coffee, which launched a commemorative "Figley's Blend" for Christmas.
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 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 DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 4:39 p.m.
Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term employment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
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.