By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 10:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.
By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 9:43 a.m.
TOKYO — Seeking to soothe an anxious ally, the U.S. voiced solidarity with Japan on Tuesday against China's claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.
By LARA JAKES and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press
December 3, 2013 9:42 a.m.
BRUSSELS — World diplomats vexed over how to secure Afghanistan's future used a looming year-end deadline on Tuesday to persuade the war-torn nation's leaders that allowing thousands of foreign troops to remain there beyond next year is better than being left to protect the country alone.
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press
December 2, 2013 7:18 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced a new initiative Monday at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies.
By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 2, 2013 2:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York involving two diplomats and an exquisite silver chalice in the shape of a mythical winged creature.
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
December 2, 2013 1:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama's popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal.
By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times
November 30, 2013 8:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The four U.S. senators from Washington and Alaska are seeking to authorize construction of as many as four new heavy-duty icebreakers, vastly expanding the Coast Guard's beleaguered Seattle-based icebreaker fleet.
By KATHERINE LONG, The Seattle Times
November 30, 2013 8:41 p.m.
A few hours before the Apple Cup kickoff Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee met with regents of the University of Washington and Washington State University and pledged support for more money for higher education.