By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 8:07 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 1:17 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.
By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 11:09 a.m.
TORONTO — Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem and was reported to be upset about his appearance on the late-night TV talk show.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 10:23 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.
By BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 10:18 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries after the attorney general announced that he would not pursue the case further.
By LARA JAKES, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 1:21 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine’s new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where more than 80 anti-government protesters were killed last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way.
By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 10:07 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is holding the nation's first primary election Tuesday with a political free-for-all in Republican races that could push the state further right, though Democrats are calling it the next big electoral battleground.
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 1:19 p.m.
MOSCOW — Accusing the West of encouraging an "unconstitutional coup" in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow reserves the right to use its military to protect Russians there but hopes it doesn't have to. The Russian leader's first comments on Ukraine since its fugitive president fled came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev to meet with Ukraine's new government.
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
March 3, 2014 5:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget today that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.
By Lara Jakes, Associated Press
March 3, 2014 12:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday accused Russia of being "on the wrong side of history" with its military intervention in Ukraine and said he's examining diplomatic and economic steps to isolate Moscow.
By William Booth and Will Englund, The Washington Post
March 3, 2014 9:58 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets.
By ARON HELLER, Associated Press
March 3, 2014 10:09 a.m.
JERUSALEM — Israel began building more than twice as many West Bank settlement homes in 2013 than it did the previous year, Israel's central bureau of statistics said Monday, just hours before its prime minster was to face President Barack Obama in Washington for what was expected to be a tense meeting.