A progressive business advocacy group said that small business owners from around the country support greater efforts by the federal government to protect the nation’s water, according to a poll the group commissioned.

Fighters from the Nusra Front, al Qaida’s official affiliate in Syria, on Tuesday seized three strategic towns on the border with Turkey in a major blow to U.S.-backed moderate rebels.

The United States is confident that the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine was downed by an SA-11 missile likely fired by pro-Russian separatists _ most plausibly by mistake _ but there still is no hard evidence tying the rebels or Russia to the disaster, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday.

Iraq’s parliament will meet Wednesday to elect a new president, a crucial step toward naming a new prime minister and government, but questions are growing about whether anyone can save the country after the collapse of its army and the loss of as much as half its territory to the radical Islamic State.

Contrary rulings Tuesday on a key element of the Affordable Care Act by two separate federal appeals courts raise a variety of questions.

President Barack Obama, who is being criticized for a three-day trip to the west coast in the midst of several international crises, did make at least one alteration to his schedule:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to downplay dueling court rulings over the validity of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans on Capitol Hill seized on the latest news as another reason the federal health care law should be scrapped.

Two weeks after Germany demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed in its country leave, President Barack Obama has dispatched two top aides to Berlin.

Is America’s First Family buying a multi-million dollar home in the tony desert town favored by the rich and famous?

Calling the criminal justice system “the largest impediment to both voting and employment in our country,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wants to restore voting rights to nonviolent felons and reduce many drug crimes down to misdemeanors.

U.S. airlines scrambled to cancel flights and accommodate affected passengers after the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday a temporary ban on flights into Israel.

Two appeals courts on Tuesday reached radically different conclusions about whether millions of consumers in 36 states can use tax credits to help buy health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace.

Two appeals courts on Tuesday split over the Affordable Care Act, reaching different conclusions about whether tax credits can help consumers buy coverage in the 36 states that use the federal health insurance marketplace.

Syrian government troops failed on two fronts Monday to reverse gains by fighters loyal to the Islamic State, a sign that the insurgents who’ve captured half of Iraq are capable of battling Syria’s government as well.

President Barack Obama leaves Washington today for a three day fund raising trip to the West Coast -- with White House officials noting that he’ll shorten his trip if his presence is required back at the White House.

President Barack Obama will unveil a series of executive actions Tuesday to help America’s workers get the training they need, according to the White House.

President Obama says in a New Yorker profile of vice president Joe Biden that his second in command would make a “superb” president.

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul suggests in a column that the United States, through its support of the Ukrainian government, shares the blame in last week’s downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over the eastern Ukraine.

The members of the kibbutz Nir Am woke up Monday morning to an urgent command from the Israeli army: no one was to leave home until further notice. The socialist farming community is less than two miles from the border with Gaza _ and therefore an easy target for a group of Hamas militants who crept under the border and were caught by Israeli soldiers.

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan J. Pitts doesn’t see the Medal of Honor that was bestowed on him Monday as his alone.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday that bars companies that do work for the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The White House on Monday defended President Barack Obama’s schedule this week --including a three-day trip to the west coast -- amid escalating international and domestic crises.

The wife of a Venezuelan opposition leader made a public plea to U.S. and international leaders Monday, saying her husband had been jailed on trumped-up charges by what she called the weak and frightened regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

Rep. Jack Kingston has opened a slight lead over businessman David Perdue in Tuesday’s Georgia Republican Senate runoff election.

House Speaker John Boehner has yet to formally file his lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overreaching his executive authority, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats and Republicans from making a mad dash for campaign cash off the threatened legal action.

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee can’t get his money back, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Starting Oct. 18, China comes to Virginia.

Gunshots rang out one recent evening in the western Iraqi town of Haditha as local tribesmen in pickup trucks celebrated their capture of a handful of militants belonging to the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State.

President Barack Obama on Monday called on Russia President Vladimir Putin to force Russian-backed separarists in Ukraine to allow international investigators to examine the crash area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

A top civilian appeals court on Friday bluntly rejected efforts by alleged military sexual assault victims to sue former officials.

FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas is running out of room to house the thousands of Central American children who illegally crossed the border.

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine renewed the world’s attention Friday to the conflict that’s been raging there for months. But despite near unanimous assertions that a missile had blasted the plane from the sky, definitive blame for what President Barack Obama labeled a “global tragedy” seemed likely to be months away.

Israeli forces expanded their offensive against Islamist militants deeper into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, triggering clashes in which 13 soldiers died and more than 60 people were killed in the shelling of a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City, the army and local health officials said.

When a rocket from Gaza slammed into the community of Kaser A-Ser on Saturday, Auda al-Wadj, 32, had no defense. Like 100,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel, al-Wadj lived in a shantytown of tin shacks, with no bomb shelters. He died; four family members were hospitalized.

Israeli forces expanded their offensive deeper into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, heavily shelling a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City and killing at least 50 people, local medical officials said.

Hamas gunmen who tunneled into Israel killed two soldiers on Saturday and another Israeli died in a rocket strike, while intensified bombardments in the Gaza Strip raised the reported Palestinian death toll there to more than 100 since the start of an Israeli ground offensive on Thursday.

Ukrainian officials on Saturday accused pro-Russian separatists of hiding evidence _ from moving the weapons thought to have shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 to removing 38 bodies from the crash site _ that will impede the investigation of the tragedy that killed 298.

The Syrian military and the Islamic State engaged in fierce battle Saturday as the government tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the radical Islamists from a gas field seized two days earlier in an attack marked by the executions of 200 soldiers, sources close to the scene said.

The White House band played gentle cocktail music as the guests arrived. The East Room’s crystal chandeliers glittered over the neat table settings surrounded by the room’s signature gold curtains.

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 298 people on board crashed Thursday after apparently being struck by a missile over an area of eastern Ukraine where government forces have been battling pro-Russia separatists. There were no survivors.

Just after a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine, President Barack Obama flew to Delaware to have a burger and fries at the popular Charcoal Pit restaurant and then to New York to attend a pair of private political events.

The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador will visit the White House on July 25 to talk about the escalating crisis at the U.S. border, according to the White House.

After a weeks-long delay, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to White House.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wowed a friendly crowd of influential liberal activists Friday in Detroit, pledging to fight against Republicans and the “sleazy lobbyists” she says have rigged the rules in Washington and harmed the middle class.

Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who’d been trying to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the worst military reversal Iraqi troops have suffered since the Islamist forces captured nearly half the country last month.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said Friday that Russia bears some responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft in Ukraine.

A family of four headed to a reunion in the Philippines. A graduate student on summer break with her boyfriend. Two soccer fans following a beloved team to New Zealand.

An estimated 46,000 non-violent drug offenders, including more than 10,000 convicted in Texas alone, could get out of prison earlier, under recommendations adopted Friday by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Empty buildings and the rubble of ruined relationships occupy the site where an Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial was supposed to rise.

Just as expected, the Obama administration is opening the waters off the East Coast to oil and gas exploration, approving a plan on Friday to allow seismic tests from Delaware to Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

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