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  • SALT LAKE CITY— President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first visit to Utah as president this week, the White House announced Monday. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president will travel to Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah on Friday to speak about the economy. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, a Democrat, said he has been encouraging the...

  • Top court rejects Obamacare 'death panel' challenge Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET
    A demonstrator holds a sign in support Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court in Washington earlier this month.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to the Obamacare law that took aim at the so-called death panel.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs. The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw...

  • GOP sees Obama as bigger threat than Putin: Poll Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    A third of Republicans believe President Obama poses an imminent threat to the U.S., outranking concerns about Vladimir Putin, according to a poll.

  • TAIPEI, March 30- Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targetting by hackers in rival China. Many hacks into Taiwan systems have been traced to sites belonging to China's...

  • China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological...

  • Iran, world powers edge closer to nuclear deal Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 5:05 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton pose for photographers before a meeting in Vienna November 22, 2014.

    World powers gathering in the Swiss city of Lausanne insist they are closer than ever to reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • OMAHA, Neb.— The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. "I always heard about Cuba... and all this money that we lost and' Maybe one day,' but I didn't understand it." Soon after Fidel Castro won control of Cuba in 1959, his government began confiscating the...

  • WASHINGTON— With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress' two GOP- run chambers to negotiate a...

  • The GOP's first months in control of both chambers of Congress were marked by high-profile stumbles and a near-shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Republicans in both the House and the Senate came together to pass boldly conservative and balanced budgets, and House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Medicare that passed on a huge vote and is...

  • Obama urges expansion of 'take child to work' day Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 5:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building. Obama says in a video released Friday that aides are working with the Boys and Girls Club and the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency to invite kids from...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December. After 2026, Mexico greenhouse gas emissions would become decoupled from economic growth, leading to a 40 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. The White House praised Mexico for being the first major emerging economy to submit its national strategy to the...

  • Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the state and its cities and towns an estimated $400 million. The state is also asking Obama to issue a major disaster...

  • White House: Chemical safety board head resigns Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is operating without a permanent leader. A White House official says Rafael Moure-Eraso stepped down Thursday at the administration's request. The National Safety Council says the independent federal agency under Moure-Eraso repeatedly fell under scrutiny for board departures, delayed investigations and...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- The White House criticized the budget passed by the Republican-led U.S. Senate on Friday for boosting military funding while cutting domestic spending on education, job training and manufacturing programs touted by President Barack Obama.

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. "Our first responsibility is to make sure that people actually have service," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's...

  • Senate Democratic leader won’t seek re-election Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:50 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election next year, the New York Times reports.

  • Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 6:40 AM ET
    A jogger runs past the United States Capitol building at sunrise in Washington, D.C.

    Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama.

  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 3:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. South Korea, one of America's closest friends in Asia, announced Thursday it will join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,...