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Former Pentagon official Ash Carter is the nominee for the next secretary of defense.
A spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars blasted off on Friday for an unmanned trial run around Earth.
U.S. Republicans plan legislation to strengthen the U.S.-Mexican border and discourage illegal immigration.
The annual ritual near the White House featured performances from singers Patti LaBelle and Steve Miller.
The House Speaker says he wants to avert a shutdown while keeping some budget "leverage" over the President's immigration order.
A police union official defended a white officer's role in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man as protesters gathered a day after a grand jury voted not to bring charges.
The United States failed to rescue a U.S. citizen held hostage by al Qaeda's Yemen branch, and the group threatened to kill him in a new video posted on the Internet.
The recent shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun is only one case of excessive force used against civilians in Cleveland according to a Justice Department investigation.
Workers in the fast-food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights.
Apple's Tim Cook is lending his name to legislation to bar discrimination against state employees on the basis of their sexual orientation in his native Alabama.
Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the appellate court declined to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings.
Thousands of demonstrators blocked streets after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer for causing the death of an unarmed black man with a chokehold.
A New York grand jury will not charge a police officer who killed an unarmed black man with a chokehold while trying to arrest him.
UAE police seek suspect involved in the stabbing death of an American teacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall bathroom.
New York officials prepare for protests as a grand jury decides whether to charge police in the death of a black man subjected to a banned choke hold.
The U.S.-led coalition has carried out around 1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years.
Administration sources said that Obama has settled on the 60-year-old Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary.
Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown.
Auto sales easily beat expectations this November, thanks to a strong Black Friday.
John Kerry will talk to European allies about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists do not halt violence.