Boston bombing aftermath sidetracks immigration bill debate

Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers. The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of U.S. Senator […]

Medical care slowdown strikes companies as Obamacare approaches

As the clock ticks down to the start of a U.S. healthcare overhaul, companies from device makers to hospital chains have been surprised to see Americans make even fewer trips to the doctor’s office. Use of non-emergency medical services has been weak for several years in the wake of a deep recession, high joblessness and […]

Cops may never be able to question surviving terror suspect

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said on Sunday authorities may never be able to question the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who lies seriously injured and unable to speak after eluding police for 24 hours. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in “very serious” condition at a Boston hospital after being captured Friday night, Menino told ABC’s “This Week” […]

Feds will investigate to see if Russian terror brothers had help

President Barack Obama pledged on Friday that the United States will find out whether the two ethnic Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings received help, and he pleaded for Americans not to rush to judgment. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room after police arrested the lone surviving suspect in […]

Boy Scouts will accept gay members but not gay scoutmasters

The Boy Scouts of America on Friday proposed lifting a ban on gay scouts but maintaining a prohibition on gay adults from leading troops, a compromise that attempts to end a fight that has split the century-old American institution into bitter factions. Reaction from scouting supporters ranged from outrage to limited approval. The biggest organization […]

Texas plant explosion levels homes, kills up to 15

A fiery explosion tore through a fertilizer plant and leveled dozens of homes in a small Texas town late on Wednesday, killing as many as 15 people, injuring more than 160 others and spewing toxic fumes that forced the evacuation of half the community, authorities said. Police initially estimated that between five and 15 people […]

Alaska slashes oil prices; hopes to spur production

Alaska slashes oil prices; hopes to spur production

Alaska lawmakers on Sunday gave final approval to a bill slashing state oil-production taxes in a change supporters said was needed to boost flagging output from aging fields but which critics say will severely damage the state’s finances. The new system approved by the Republican-dominated legislature does away with a methodology that increases tax rates […]

Focus on gay rights shifts back to Obama

President Barack Obama may have made a slow start on gay rights issues, but by the end of his first term his record was such that a news magazine dubbed him the nation’s “first gay president.” Now activists want more. Fresh from historic Supreme Court arguments over same-sex unions, advocates want Obama to use his […]