The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations plans an eight-hour visit to the Central African Republic to press transitional leaders to hold people accountable for vicious acts of violence and force armed groups to lay down their weapons to restore calm in the country shattered by violence and fear.
Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda says Tokyo's 2020 Olympic preparations remain focused despite the resignation of the city's governor Naoki Inose.
Six states were announced as winners Thursday of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.
Reliance on the death penalty continues to decline with 39 people executed this year, only the second time in 19 years that fewer than 40 people were put to death, a private group reported Thursday.
A Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the United States to resume its full $1.6 billion aid relationship with Egypt by granting President Barack Obama the power to waive a federal law based on national security. Wider congressional support for the measure is unclear.
The Detroit City Council has called a special session Friday to discuss a management agreement for a Detroit Red Wings sports arena and entertainment complex just outside downtown.
Ben Bernanke says he intends to stay in Washington for the "immediate future" after he steps down as chairman of the Federal Reserve next month.
Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve's decision Wednesday to slow its bond purchases is a sign of progress and he expects the Fed to take "similar moderate steps" throughout next year to reduce the purchases further if the economy shows continued improvement.
The Obama administration needs to be more open with Congress to win support for a trans-Pacific trade pact under negotiation with 11 countries, an influential Democratic senator said Wednesday.
After years of struggling to reduce high unemployment, the Federal Reserve is grappling with another tough challenge: How to raise very low inflation.
Public school students in the nation's largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The biggest gains by far were in the nation's capital.
A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work — while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.
A Florida appeals court has ruled Major League Baseball can take a deposition from a cousin of Alex Rodriguez as part of the sport's lawsuit involving banned substances.
The U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two al-Qaida supporters and added militants to its lists of terrorists.
The Pentagon flew 120 U.S. diplomats and others out of South Sudan on Wednesday because of continuing violence in the African nation.
The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao (bow-BOW) will make her public debut Jan. 18 after her fans have watched her grow for months on the popular panda cams online.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that his Democratic counterpart is barring any GOP changes to pending defense legislation because he "can't stomach a vote on Iran sanctions."
A prominent business group filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.
An attorney for a Maryland man convicted of illegally helping Iran launch its first satellite says his client should spend no more than 27 months in prison, not the approximately 16 to 20 years the government is recommending.
The Justice Department said Wednesday it plans to retry an alleged Somali pirate for hostage-taking, after a jury deadlocked on those charges last week.
Congress is on the verge of doing something it hasn't done during three years of partisan warfare: Passing a budget deal that won't likely hurt the economy.
For the second time in two years, Congress is targeting employers that still offer traditional pensions for a hefty increase in their insurance premiums to help finance a budget deal.
A federal appeals court has rejected an amateur artist's attempt to bar the NFL from showing the Baltimore Ravens' original logo in documentary videos.
Federal immigration officials have transferred about 400 handwritten pages from the wartime diary of a key Nazi adviser to Adolf Hitler to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.