By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
April 16, 2014 10:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
April 16, 2014 10:34 a.m.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.
By Melissa Santos, The News Tribune
April 15, 2014 7:39 p.m.
TACOMA — After meeting Monday with attorneys, state lawmakers say they’ll convene again April 29 to finalize the Legislature’s report to the state Supreme Court on a long-term plan to fund education in Washington.
By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 7:34 p.m.
DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.
By Neela Banerjee, McClatchy-Tribune
April 15, 2014 7:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxins, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda.
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 1:41 p.m.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.
By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 12:23 p.m.
OLYMPIA — Two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot both have enough support to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday that could indicate that many voters are confused about the measures involving background checks.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 11:10 a.m.
WASHINGTON — With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.
By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 9:45 a.m.
JERUSALEM — The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Passover meal.
By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 9:44 a.m.
UNITED NATIONS — The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten.
By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
April 15, 2014 9:41 a.m.
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, special forces on Tuesday recaptured a small airport that had been occupied by militiamen, the government said.