Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country barely noticed. That's because when lawmakers reached a budget stalemate back then, the federal workforce kept on working.
With the city's parking meter lease making voters leery of new privatization deals, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for too many public interest protections in the Midway Airport lease, and too few investors saw it as worth the risk. Increasingly, though, governments turn to private investors to run public assets like roads and prisons.
The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a new world record time in the marathon of 2 hours 3 minutes 23 seconds at the Berlin Marathon.
The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
The Brandon Training School housed people with developmental disabilities from 1915 to 1993. A commemoration this month of former residents is emblematic of a larger national movement to honor and mark the graves of people who lived and died as wards of the state.
Some stories from the isolated nation are stranger than government-sponsored fiction. AP Asia correspondent Tim Sullivan brings us unexpected tales, like the North Korean love affair with Gone with the Wind.
Kenyan authorities say they've made another arrest in the deadly attack on an upscale mall that shocked Nairobi last week. But officials are also facing questions over reports of intelligence that may have given warnings about the attack, which ended with at least 67 deaths.
Hundreds of cars that were stockpiled by a Chevrolet dealer in Nebraska are finally being sold — many for the first time. The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection stretches back to the 1950s and has drawn bids and interest from around the world.
The attack occurred as many students of an agricultural college slept. As many as 50 people may be dead as a result of violence that is being blamed on the group Boko Haram.
Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school's provost said of an ongoing northeastern Nigeria's ongoing Islamic uprising.
Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan warned women against driving cars by saying it could affect their ovaries. His comments come a month before a planned day of disobedience, when activists will call for women to drive — a right they do not have in Saudi Arabia.
An explosion has killed at least 37 people in Peshawar, Pakistan, where authorities say they suspect a car bomb was detonated in a street market near a police station. The powerful blast left a scene of devastation, with casualties and severe damage to nearby buildings.
The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law. Here's what the legislators are saying.
Social practices train us to see and experience race in certain ways, regardless of whether we are sighted or not, according to a professor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Protesters are dressing up as superheroes to demonstrate in Rio de Janeiro, but that's not the only place caped crusaders have taken to Latin American streets.
The House voted to tie government funding to a one-year delay of Obamacare early Sunday morning. The measure is a non-starter in the Senate and the president vows to veto, making a government shutdown all the more likely.
On Tuesday, a key part of the Affordable Care Act is going live: People will be able to buy health insurance from new marketplaces in every state. Researchers and wonks will be intensely interested. Most of the rest of us will be clueless.
The new federal health law has a few exemptions from its insurance mandate, including health care sharing ministries. Members pay a monthly fee to help cover some of each other's medical costs — but there are no guarantees.
The National Security Agency's effort to find connections between suspects has led the agency to collate reams of phone and e-mail data with information from sources that include GPS data and Facebook, according to The New York Times. The newspaper cites documents provided by former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden.