Obama rules out building jobs-oriented ‘Death Star’

Obama rules out building jobs-oriented ‘Death Star’

A “Death Star” won’t be a part of the U.S. military’s arsenal any time soon. More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the “Star Wars” inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense. But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul […]

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas. Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that […]

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013. Hamburger, health care and taxes are all set to take a bigger bite out of the family budget this year. But drivers’ annual gas bills are expected to drop for the first time in four years. Forecasters say ample oil supplies and weak U.S. demand will […]

Biden looks to video game industry to help curb gun-related violence

Biden looks to video game industry to help curb gun-related violence

Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Biden is scheduled to meet with video game representatives Friday as the White House explores […]

Obama meeting with Karzai to discuss end of U.S. role in Afghanistan

Obama meeting with Karzai to discuss end of U.S. role in Afghanistan

Charting the course for a war’s end, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet Friday at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm’s way. The two leaders plan a joint afternoon news conference. White House officials said, however, that Obama […]

Pastor for Obama inaugural withdraws because of anti-gay rant

Pastor for Obama inaugural withdraws because of anti-gay rant

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement. The Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta said in a statement he withdrew because it was likely that the “prayer […]

Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation’s leading health research institutions. Gun violence is […]

Biden meets today with pro-gun groups, including bombastic NRA

Biden meets today with pro-gun groups, including bombastic NRA

The Obama administration is sitting down with gun owners groups — including the National Rifle Association — as officials look at ways to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading an administration-wide review of gun safety laws, has vowed urgent action in the wake of last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary […]

Obama turns a page at Treasury with Lew nomination

Obama turns a page at Treasury with Lew nomination

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama’s nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government’s main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over the nation’s debt and deficits. Obama will nominate Lew on Thursday […]

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

The composition of President Barack Obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama’s inner circle. Solis, a former California congresswoman and one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the Cabinet, said she was […]