Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was honored Tuesday night for his work fighting homelessness and domestic violence.

Kurdish militia have captured a strategic border town on the route between the Islamic State-held cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq as part of a three-front offensive launched to retake territory lost to the group over the summer, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.

A new potential conflict arose Tuesday between Turkey and the Islamic State when militants surrounded Turkish troops assigned to guard an ancient tomb in a small Turkish territory inside Syria.

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed Tuesday to work together to combat climate change, bolster economic growth and fight terrorism as they began to repair the neglected relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

With Islamic State militants moving into the outskirts of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, an odd two-way traffic developed Tuesday across the Turkey-Syria border.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took “full responsibility” for what she called an “unacceptable” intrusion at the White House last week but failed to mollify a bipartisan group of lawmakers who worried that repeat slipups by the elite agency could leave President Barack Obama and his family vulnerable to attack.

A patient in a Dallas hospital tested positive for the Ebola virus, the Texas state health department said Tuesday.

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” program earlier this year to develop strategies to help boys and young men “overcome barriers to success.”

Voters in Florida waited far longer than those in other states to cast their votes in the 2012 election, hampered by long ballots and cutbacks in early voting options, according to a new report by congressional auditors.

After a slew of criticism, the Obama administration last week put the brakes on a plan to charge hundreds of dollars in fees for commercial filming and photography on U.S. forest lands, but critics are far from satisfied.

Why are so many young people on the streets of Hong Kong, risking clashes with local police and a Chinese government that has a history of brutal crackdowns?

Juergen Hardt’s position in the German government, coordinator of trans-Atlantic cooperation, once was considered a major honor – the official liaison to the United States, arguably Germany’s closest ally.

Wading into a fight that’s about to get more interesting, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday urged tech firms to cooperate with law enforcement.

When Jim Cauley returned to Pikeville, Ky., this month for his 30th high school reunion, he heard familiar complaints from old classmates.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Monday laid out the choice for voters--from a Democratic perspective--as independent analysts continued to predict Republicans gains this fall.

Democrats have regained the edge in the generic congressional ballot, according to a new CNN/ORC poll--but independent analysts still see the party with a net loss in Senate and House of Representatives seats this fall.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes “full responsibility” for an armed intruder gaining access to the White House after jumping the fence -- and pledged it won’t be repeated.

On Sept. 9, a mysterious explosion rocked a gathering of leaders of Ahrar al Sham, perhaps the largest Islamist rebel group in Syria. More than two dozen of its leaders were killed, including the group’s founder, Hassan Abboud. In the days after, many people bemoaned the loss of what the U.S.-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition called “moderates.” But history must still judge whether that is Abboud’s legacy.

The Islamic State on Monday posted on the Internet a third video featuring imprisoned British journalist John Cantlie, this one mocking President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10 speech in which he laid out his strategy for confronting the group.

Nearly a decade ago, Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States after he was blamed for failing to stop a series of deadly riots against a minority group in the Indian state of Gujarat.

At least two mortar rounds landed on the Turkish side of the border, but it was unclear whether Turkey would intervene to prevent the capture of the city, which was under heavy bombardment Monday night. At least 160,000 Syrian refugees, with more waiting to cross, have entered Turkey in the past week as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, pushed toward the city.

Latino voters could play a pivotal role in several of the tight Senate races – including the newly competitive race in Kansas – although there is no sense yet how strong turnout among the population will be, experts said Monday.

Spurred by the decision Sunday to use tear gas and pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters, tens of thousands of people joined sit-ins across Hong Kong on Monday in an outpouring of discontent that’s likely to disrupt this former British colony for days, if not longer, and force a confrontation with Beijing over how it will be ruled.

The White House expressed confidence in the Secret Service Monday, despite a Washington Post story that says it took agents in 2011 four days to realize that shots fired from Constitution Avenue had hit the White House residence -- “a discovery that came about only because a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor.”

A fabled Florida drug informant once known as “the Princess” has now crowned her career with a bittersweet legal victory

The squabbling between the Pentagon and Capitol Hill over whether to kill the biggest of the military’s drones – the Global Hawk – is finished for the moment, with the remotely piloted surveillance aircraft and its builder emerging as the victors.

Two companies that sell women’s underwear infused with caffeine have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers to settle charges that they falsely advertised their products would reduce cellulite and zap fat, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday.

The White House on Monday announced $450 million in grants to 270 community colleges that are working with employers to set up training programs for in-demand jobs in fields such as information technology, health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Values Voter Summit straw poll Saturday, the second consecutive year he’s been the favorite of the conservative conference.

Republican Joni Ernst has opened up a 6 percentage point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in Iowa’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, according to a new Des Moines Register Iowa poll.

A federal judge has again rejected a challenge by Guantanamo Bay detainee Shawali Khan, an Afghanistan citizen whose travails have occupied several court proceedings.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray against pro-democracy protesters Sunday in the city’s harshest crackdown on free assembly since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

President Barack Obama said the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability to fight off the terrorist group in an interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes.

China’s soft-diplomacy push hit a speed bump this week when the University of Chicago decided to pull the plug on renewing a controversial Beijing-funded Confucius Institute.

The nation’s top military commander refused Friday to back off his controversial stance in Senate testimony that he would recommend committing U.S. troops to combat in Iraq if he believed they were needed to help defeat Islamic State militants.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of rebel-held towns in northern Syria Friday to protest U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State and supporting creation of an Islamic caliphate.

European counterterrorism specialists say their American counterparts never mentioned an imminent plot by al Qaida operatives in Syria to attack Western targets and didn’t brief them on the group that’s supposedly behind the plan, a previously unknown terrorist unit that American officials have dubbed the Khorasan group.

Conservative activists pressed their opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, taking an uncompromising stand that defies a fast-changing political landscape and is likely to cause trouble for Republicans.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and a dozen of his peers from across the country are pushing hard against a recently proposed carbon pollution rule, saying it would require states to undertake a massive overhaul of their energy sectors but give them far too little time to do so.

Under a dark and cloudy sky, Naghmeh Abedini, of Meridian, Idaho, stood before hundreds of people gathered in a park near the White House. She held in her hand a birthday letter to her daughter.

Richard Huff, executive director of Texas’ Irving Arts Center, who is retiring in August after 20 years on the job, had been looking to go out on a high note.

China’s soft diplomacy push hit a speed bump this week when the University of Chicago decided to pull the plug on renewing a controversial Beijing-funded Confucius Institute at the campus.

The Obama administration has issued a new polygraph policy for tens of thousands of federal employees who take lie detectors for security clearances or to obtain “sensitive” jobs.

Same-sex marriage is returning to the Supreme Court; sotto voce, for now, but soon enough with a shout.

Ending one front in a decades-long legal battle, the Obama administration announced it had reached a $554 million settlement with the Navaho Nation over land management and trust accounting problems.

President Barack Obama’s support among Hispanics has plunged, though their ratings of the president remain higher than the national average.

In an expansion of American re-engagement in Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday deployed the first division headquarters unit to the war-torn country since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.

WASHINGTON The Obama administration’s successive round of sanctions against Russia are hurting U.S. companies while doing only limited damage to the Russian economy, the head of the US-Russia Business Council said Thursday.

In the skies over Syria, U.S. and Arab combat aircraft have bombed Islamic State targets 20 times since Tuesday. But on the ground, commanders for rebel groups that are part of a CIA-run program say they’ve pleaded in vain for arms, ammunition and even field rations so they can fight the same extremists.

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