By Josh Lederman | 12/04/13 10:09 AM
BEIJING — In a sharp rebuff, China accused Washington on Wednesday of taking Japan's side in a tense clash over disputed islands in the East China Sea, underscoring rising regional friction as visiting Vice President Joe Biden met with Beijing's leaders.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:39 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. — An animal rights group is asking New York courts to recognize scientific evidence of emotional and cognitive abilities in chimpanzees and to grant the animals "legal personhood" so that they are ensured better treatment. Nonhuman Rights Project, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by...
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:37 AM
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A task force made up of ranchers, the Klamath Tribes and others is wrapping up work on recommendations to end decades of conflicts over water in the Upper Klamath Basin. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and a representative of the...
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:34 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the District of Columbia's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation's highest.
By Christopher S. Rugaber | 12/04/13 09:32 AM
A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:28 AM
The White House said in September that Kathryn Ruemmler planned to leave by the end of the year to go into private practice in New York. But White House officials say that after speaking with the president, Ruemmler agreed to stay until spring.
12/04/13 09:27 AM
American officials have said the missile defenses they want to install in Europe will protect NATO allies and counter any threat from Iran. Russia has long opposed the plan, and sees the system as a threat to the viability of Russia's own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:25 AM
Americans ramped up new-home buying in October after cutting back in September, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:24 AM
The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:16 AM
Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Obama's popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between...
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