The economy slowed sharply in the first quarter, but Federal Reserve policymakers voted unanimously to continue winding down their stimulus program.
In Afghanistan, as the winter snows melt, Taliban violence heats up. This year, there will be even fewer foreign troops in Afghanistan to prop up Afghan forces, who suffered record casualties in 2013 as they took the lead for security. While U.S. officials feared that could hamper recruiting efforts for the Afghan Army, Afghan officials say they have a surplus of volunteers.
Pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings in another eastern Ukrainian city. After Luhansk fell, Ukraine's acting president said his troops were helpless in the face of the unrest. He said he now was working to keep the rest of eastern Ukraine under his government's control.
Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected.
Congress held its first hearing on "dark money," the donations to tax-exempt political groups that can keep donors' names secret. The star witness at the Senate committee was former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a vocal critic of the rulings that opened the door for the secret spending.
For the first time since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011, Iraqis went to the polls to vote on their leaders. As Reuters reporter Ned Parker says, the day's events paint a grim future for Iraq's future.
American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.
Authorities evacuated the general area but there are reports that some of the oil has seeped into the James River.
Over the next few days, Curiosity will drill deeper and collect samples, telling scientists about the fluids that once flowed across the area, a point of convergence for different types of terrain.
A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.
Gov. Mary Fallin said she will also delay other executions until the review is complete. Oklahoma tried to execute a man using a new combination of drugs. He died after the procedure was called off.
The town of Trout River in Newfoundland has a bloated, methane-filled, 80-foot blue whale carcass on its beach, and people are concerned that it might spontaneously combust.
Four years after women with jobs were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, nearly one-third were unemployed. But it's not clear how much of that was due to illness or to a sour economy.
The court ruled that a new judge must re-sentence Stacey Dean Rambold, who was convicted of the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.
From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, May 1. (Really? It's May already?)
In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on how much we earned and how much left our wallets in March. It releases its personal income and spending report.
Automakers are scheduled to release sales figures for April.
The Council of Chief State School Officers says Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year, will be honored by President Obama tomorrow at the White House.
The Senate Energy & Natural Resourced Committee discusses the events that led to last winter's propane crisis.
A World Bank forecast was based on purchasing power parity, an estimate of the cost of living in a particular country. But that isn't the only way to measure the size of an economy.
The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after tapes revealed racist comments he made to girlfriend V. Stiviano. The Beautyshop ladies weigh in.
Asking preschoolers to be helpers is more effective than asking them to help, a study suggests. The noun-based approach works with adults, too, psychologists say, but don't take it too far.
The aborted execution of Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack, and problems in other states have sparked calls for a reassessment.
Cincinnati had a history of discrimination against gays, but all that has changed. The LGBT community has been embraced by politicians and corporations and now feels much safer than it used to.