NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the Minnesota National Guard and self-described commander of a militia group was charged Wednesday with stealing names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C., so he could make fake IDs for his militia members.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A call from a student who spotted a man wearing a gun holster on an American University shuttle bus prompted a lockdown of the campus for nearly an hour-and-a-half Wednesday night, police said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian stocks extended losses Thursday after an apparent budget deal in the U.S. Congress reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will cut its monetary stimulus as early as next week.
"Big step tonight," EU Commissioner Michel Barnier wrote on Twitter. We are learning lessons of crisis," he said after the agreement was reached by representatives of the European Parliament, the European Council -- the EU's executive arm -- and the 28 member states. "This is a fundamental step towards the completion of the Banking Union," Barnier said in a separate statement. The "bail-in" will primarily require important hits to be taken by shareholders and bond holders of a financial institution in trouble.
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said. The indictment comes as fresh political turmoil shakes the Thai capital, with protesters backed by Abhisit's opposition party seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin. "We have indicted him (Abhisit)," Nanthasak Poonsuk, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, told AFP outside the Bangkok court where the closed-door hearing was held. Thailand has seen several bouts of political turmoil since Thaksin was ousted in a military coup in 2006, with rival protests spilling into the streets in sometimes bloody unrest.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego man has been charged with operating a revenge porn website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others so that he could extort money from those whose privacy was breached.
By David Lawder and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a bipartisan two-year budget deal, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight. Despite conservative groups' denunciation of the plan and public opposition from some members associated with the conservative Tea Party movement, the Republican-controlled House was planning to vote on Thursday to pass the deal, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the third-ranking Republican told Reuters. A key House panel, on a 9-3 vote, cleared the legislation for debate and votes in the full House. The Republican-controlled Rules Committee refused to allow Democrats to offer an amendment to extend federal unemployment benefits that expire later this month.
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thank the sinister-sounding Death Master File for helping breathe life into the bipartisan U.S. budget deal reached on Tuesday. Among provisions aimed at reversing the across-the-board "sequestration" government spending cuts and reducing federal deficits, lawmakers restricted access to an index the Social Security Administration keeps of people who have died. Better controls over such information will save an estimated $786 million in government payments to people who steal dead people's Social Security numbers and other information to fraudulently claim tax refunds and credits and Medicare payments, a Senate aide said. The accord, which came days ahead of a self-imposed deadline, was an unexpected break from a cycle of fiscal brinkmanship that caused a government shutdown in October and brought the country close to default and blemished its pristine credit rating in 2011.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan budget deal aimed at avoiding future government shutdowns cleared a key U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday, making way for a vote by the full chamber as early as Thursday. The House Rules Committee, by a 9-3 vote, approved the rules governing debate of the $85 billion, two-year budget deal. The Republican-controlled committee refused to allow Democrats to offer an amendment that would have extended federal jobless benefits that are set to expire at the end of December. (Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Paul Simao)
Congress will act, whether the White House likes it or not.
MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Black and white, old and young, South Africans by the thousands paid final tribute Wednesday to their beloved Nelson Mandela. In silence or murmuring, they filed past the coffin. Some glanced back, as if clinging to the sight, a moment in history.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running short, the nation's health care rolls still aren't filling up fast enough.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Pete Rose sounded bowled over.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans police officer whose 2010 manslaughter conviction was touted as a milestone in the city's healing after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted Wednesday by a different jury of charges he fatally shot a man without justification during the storm's chaotic aftermath.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.
Graphic designer Krystal Higgins has designed eight easy-to-make-at-home paper snowflakes based on the royal houses of Game of Thrones.
It isn't just advertisers and companies like Google that benefit from user-tracking cookies. The National Security Agency has been taking advantage of the cookies that companies force on users to pinpoint targets they want to hack, according to newly released Snowden documents.
The Asian arm of Google's data center empire is up and running.
Watch Tom Cruise wake up and fight the same alien war over and over again in the first trailer for the sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow.
An interactive map that taps into user posting patterns to surface subreddits you might be interested in.
A new Netflix series featuring actors from 'Arrested Development' and 'Breaking Bad' about a washed-up former TV star who's a talking horse? Yes, please.
Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space, time and particles are fundamental constituents of nature.
The Weird Faces Vending Machine was designed to challenge the typical art-world practice of creating a limited run of prints to keep prices high.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer keeps buying startups. Hopefully she has a good plan for what to do with them.
One of Bitcoin's big supporters has plans to open a bitcoin pawn shop, so that others can get cash for their bitcoins without actually selling them. It's a business venture that plays into the idea ? popular amongst bitcoin's true believers ? that bitcoin is still in its early days and that it's still a bargain at over $900 for a virtual coin.