By Curtis Tate, McClatchy-Tribune
March 11, 2014 4:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where 47 people died in a massive inferno following a train derailment last summer, came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to push lawmakers and regulators for rail safety improvements.
By Clea Benson and Cheyenne Hopkins, Bloomberg News
March 11, 2014 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be eliminated and private interests would be on the hook for the first 10 percent of mortgage losses under a bill that leaders of the Senate Banking Committee plan to introduce within days.
By ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press
March 11, 2014 10:52 a.m.
TRENTON, N.J. — Lawyers for two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring Gov. Chris Christie's administration are trying to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the matter.
By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press
March 11, 2014 9:56 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Crimea’s Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. That could offer a way of de-escalating the standoff between Russia and the West.
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press
March 11, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks -- even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street.
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press
March 10, 2014 7:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late Monday making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a "good soldier defense" to raise doubts that a crime has been committed.
By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2014 10 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — The United States continues to rule out military action to eject Russian troops from Crimea and acknowledges that a diplomatic settlement needs to address Moscow's interests in the strategically important peninsula, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Monday.