Kansas’ U. S. Senate race may be more volatile than usual.

– The United Nations said on Thursday that 43 of its peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights had been detained by an armed group fighting government forces there.

Pennsylvania is proving to be a classic case of incumbent fatigue.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent from April to June, the government reported Thursday in a second estimate.

The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa, traditionally the nation’s first caucus state, remains a muddle. But only if Mitt Romney stays out of the race.

On an unseasonably cool August day, Zola Hamlin pulled up to a small square cemetery on the outskirts of town, saluted the headstone of her fallen grandson and offered a somber thought for the parents and grandparents of future soldiers who might get caught again in an Iraq war.

After a 50-day conflict in Gaza that ended with inconclusive results, leaders of Israel and Hamas are struggling to convince their war-weary constituents that the costly campaign has brought them real achievements.

The nation’s highest military appeals court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a soldier who killed a Fresno, Calif., native in a sudden rage allegedly induced by the anti-smoking drug Chantix.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have used chemical agents – most likely chlorine – in at least eight attacks this year and systematically committed massacres and other war crimes, while the Islamic State has perpetrated attacks on civilians that amount to crimes against humanity, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.

The Iowa Senate race is tied.

The solution to the big issue of nuclear nonproliferation might be smaller than you think, so small it’s virtually invisible and massless.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the Obama administration of forcing states to adopt the Common Core educational standards.

Army Secretary John M. McHugh on Wednesday stripped a star from a general and forced him to retire over his insufficient response to a sexual assault complaint against one of his officers.

A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal campaign finance charge for his part in a sneaky presidential endorsement-selling scheme.

– A former aide to Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal agents and attempting to conceal the misuse of campaign funds during Fattah’s 2007 mayoral bid in a case that appears to have led investigators to Fattah’s doorstep.

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist won his state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary overwhelmingly Tuesday, setting up what’s likely to be a down-to-the-wire duel with incumbent Rick Scott.

Justice Department investigators have chastised an FBI official for exercising “extremely poor” judgment amidst a sensitive lawsuit.

Amid growing pressure to act, President Barack Obama on Tuesday cautioned that defeating the Islamic State would take time, even as some Pentagon officials expressed frustration with what they decried as White House foot-dragging on striking the militant group’s Syria sanctuaries.

Israel and the militant Islamist group Hamas halted mutual attacks Tuesday evening after agreeing to an indefinite cease-fire to end a seven-week war, the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian fighting in years.

Photos from Charlotte airport on Tuesday show Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama smiling and chatting before both of them spoke in separate appearances at the American Legion Convention.

The Napa County earthquake will have political aftershocks on Capitol Hill. The big question is how long they’ll last.

Republicans are far more optimistic about their prospects this election year than Democrats.

Mexico has the 14th largest economy in the world, a humming manufacturing sector, a newly opened energy sector that’s drawing worldwide interest and, at $144 a month, likely the lowest minimum wage in Latin America.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed justice for slain American journalist James Foley, but said again that he will not put American troops on the ground in Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants who last week threatened to kill a second U.S. hostage after beheading Foley.

Former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh was “seriously” injured in a car accident while driving in Vermont, the Associated Press is reporting.

Jonathan S. Landay, national security and intelligence reporter with McClatchy Newspapers, talks with Rachel Maddow about the struggle in Washington to craft a policy for dealing with ISIS extremists based in Syria.

Voters in four states go to the polls Tuesday, with Arizona likely to provide the most drama.

The Syrian government on Monday warned the United States against launching unilateral attacks against the Islamic State extremist group on its territory, but Washington said it wouldn’t seek the Assad regime’s permission to defend American lives.

After voters in Washington state and Colorado made history by legalizing marijuana in November 2012, Colorado hit the finish line first, opening its pot stores to big fanfare on Jan. 1 of this year.

A distraught female soldier at the Fort Lee army garrison shot herself in the head Monday morning as negotiators tried to calm her at the base south of Richmond, Virginia. The incident triggered fears of another deadly base rampage.

Could voter disdain for Congress motivate more people to turn out this November? Could be.

In an extraordinary crackdown, 16 former Puerto Rico police officers have pleaded guilty to essentially turning part of their department into a crime ring.

One day after losing a major airbase to Islamic extremists, Syria said Monday it was willing to work with other countries to fight terror groups in Syria provided they show respect for the Syrian regime and operate only with its permission.

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.

Al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate on Sunday unexpectedly freed an American writer from nearly two years captivity after secret international negotiations for his release that were apparently led by Qatar.

Islamic extremists captured a major government military airport in Raqqa, eastern Syria, on Sunday, completing their takeover of the entire province and dealing a humiliating blow to President Bashar Assad.

The car bomb that exploded along a busy Irbil thoroughfare Saturday evening was the first attack on the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region since the Islamic State took control of much of adjacent Iraqi Arab territory in mid June, and immediately shocked the city, which has long been considered an oasis of stability and security in northern Iraq.

Hillary Clinton is a “war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday, as he warned that image will hurt Democrats’ chances in 2016.

In the face of multiple vendor protests, the FBI has cancelled plans to hand industry giant Motorola Solutions Inc. a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million, saying that it will reassess how to upgrade the bureau’s antiquated nationwide two-way radio network.

Secret negotiations over a California water bill are nearing a make-or-break moment, after a long, dry summer that’s tested some political alliances.

Hatem Abu Hazal lives between two frightening forces in northeast Iraq.

The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive months-long search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop.

The Obama administration on Friday moved to enact new rules that help ensure contraception coverage for employees of certain companies that have religious objections to birth control.

With the crisis in Iraq, four countries are now experiencing severe humanitarian emergencies involving the displacement of millions of people, something experts and relief groups say hasn’t been seen in decades.

President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday launched a highly mobile 5,000-member militia, known as the National Gendarmerie, claiming it would be a potent tool in protecting industry from being looted by crime groups.

At 62, Abu Ali thought he was done taking up arms to fight in Iraq’s conflicts. Then, in late June, Islamic State militants encircled his small Shiite city of Amerli in northern Iraq and began eight weeks of constant shelling.

President Barack Obama’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard -- interrupted by turmoil at home and abroad -- has earned him some bad headlines.

Think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose competence in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy helped raise his profile outside his state.

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense brands as "groundless" a Pentagon account of one of its jet fighters nearly striking a U.S. Navy aircraft during a series of dangerous maneuvers while the two planes were flying in international airspace.

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