President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.

A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that veteran Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.

A panel of 11 appeals court judges on Tuesday seemed reluctant to overturn a ban on contractors donating money to federal elections, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.

The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Two New Jersey state senators are pushing for fast action on a measure that would abolish a state law that bans sports betting.

For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.

President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible.

The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you.

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says even 11 days after an Army veteran jumped the fence and burst into the White House, she still hasn't concluded why officers and agents failed to follow security rules.

Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat.

President Barack Obama will deliver an economic address this week seeking to promote the recovery as the campaign season heads into its final weeks before midterm congressional elections.

The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch says he has very low confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's ability to protect the White House.

The Secret Service director says at least two of her uniformed officers recognized a man just before he jumped the White House fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him. But she acknowledged that they never approached him that day or reported his presence to superiors.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House.

Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell brought Bach back to a train station Tuesday, as he did in 2007, but this time Washington noticed.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the agency's security plan to protect the White House was not properly executed when an Army veteran with a knife jumped the fence and made his way well into the executive mansion.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again.

A former NBA player convicted of wire fraud in an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction thrown out and claiming prosecutorial misconduct, among other allegations.

The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon's withdrawal.

U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.

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President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.

Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House.

The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects.

From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a court challenge to the state's latest attempt to offer legal sports gambling on Monday, calling the effort "astounding," "specious" and a "blatant violation" of an earlier court order.

A developer that proposed building an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles asked the mayor and other city officials Monday for more time to lure a professional football team.

Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Training for Coast Guard criminal investigators will be reviewed as part of a settlement with a Washington newspaper over the 2013 seizure of notes from one of the paper's former reporters.

A Texas softball team coach did everything he could to save four of his players who died when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer smashed into their bus in Oklahoma, a relative said Monday.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, in a close race for re-election, is touring the main venue for Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games with voting just days away.

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life.

The president of USA Luge has been selected for a commission that will help the International Olympic Committee evaluate candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Games.

By President Barack Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.

The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man who officers believe fired a gun near the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington.

The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can't locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday.

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

The White House is urging authorities in Hong Kong to show restraint with pro-democracy protesters.

The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified. He has gone on a hunger strike and is protesting force-feeding procedures administered by his jailers.

The wife of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee says he is in hospice care, and his health has declined over the past two months.

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents throughout its air traffic control facilities following last week's fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility, agency administrator Michael Huerta said Monday.

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.

Once shunned by the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of enthusiasm and popular support Monday to the White House, where he kicked off a two-day visit with President Barack Obama. The two leaders sought to put a brave face on the relationship despite widespread concerns that U.S.-Indian ties have frayed in recent years.

President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.

One out away from pitching the Washington Nationals' first no-hitter, Jordan Zimmermann watched his 104th pitch on a crisp, clear Sunday afternoon get smacked toward deep left-center.

Because of a string of security lapses, the U.S. Secret Service didn't realize for four days that a man had fired a high-powered rifle at the White House in 2011.

Michigan State University is using a $1 million federal grant to build a better robofish that can observe the feeding and migration habits of trout, walleye, sturgeon and other Great Lakes aquatic species.

House Speaker John Boehner says the United States may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight Islamic State group militants if President Barack Obama's strategy fails to destroy the extremist group.

President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations has accused of war crimes.

An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.

The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has settled a lawsuit with a former teammate who allegedly advising him to invest $160,000 in tax credits that turned out to be bogus, court records show.

President Barack Obama on Saturday said the widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, is corroding America, not just its black communities, and that the wariness flows from significant racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates?

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are "blessed, grateful, and so happy" to become grandparents.

An al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group, which was targeted by U.S. airstrikes this week, represents "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States, the Obama administration's top aviation security official said Friday.

Liberian immigrants living in the United States without a visa won't be sent back to the epicenter of Ebola crisis in West Africa for at least another two years, the Obama administration said Friday.

A group of reform-minded college professors urged school presidents to overturn recently passed NCAA legislation that gave the five power conferences the freedom to operate with more autonomy.

Could the White House be hinting at when President Barack Obama might nominate a new attorney general?

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