By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press
December 18, 2014 10:07 a.m.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.
By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 17, 2014 8:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 17, 2014 4:24 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority and violated the Constitution when he issued an executive order last month to delay deportation for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally.
By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press
December 16, 2014 9:22 p.m.
SEATTLE — Former preschool teacher U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wants to rescue the so-called No Child Left Behind Law in her new role as ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee.
By GARY FINEOUT and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 2:52 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 1:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 10:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — No longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 10:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The three teenage girls from Colorado swapped Twitter messages about marriage and religion with recruiters for the Islamic State group, then set out for Syria with passports and thousands of dollars in stolen cash. Authorities intercepted them in Germany, then returned them to their families without criminal charges.
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 10:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.
By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press
December 16, 2014 9:46 p.m.
MEDINA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has a 12-year, $12 billion plan for rebuilding the state's transportation infrastructure. He says a third of the cost will be covered by a new tax on carbon pollution.
The deadline for the first wave of families to start vacating Courtyard Village Apartments has been extended for a potential two weeks, according to residents and the family-community resource coordinator at nearby Washington Elementary School.
By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
December 15, 2014 8:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season — a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections.
By By David Lauter Tribune Washington Bureau
December 15, 2014 6:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Just over half of Americans say they believe the interrogation methods the CIA used against terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, polling data released Monday showed.