Boehner warns on unilateral immigration action by Obama


WASHINGTON - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama on immigration would make matters worse and add to a "legacy of lawlessness."


U.S. border funding bill founders amid House opposition 8:11pm BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner suffered a political setback on Thursday when he had to cancel a planned vote on legislation that would provide $659 million to help address an immigration crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico.


CIA concedes it spied on U.S. Senate investigators, apologizes 7:40pm BST

WASHINGTON - The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement that the agency's inspector general had determined that "some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent" with an understanding between the agency and the Sena


Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps: U.S. official 6:08pm BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.

Giving up on Congress, immigration protesters target White House 7:18pm BST

WASHINGTON - As chances of Congress agreeing on any immigration legislation dwindled on Thursday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the White House to push one main goal: keeping immigrant families together.


Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples 7:45pm BST

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage.


Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court 3:38pm BST

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional.

House transportation vote aims to push longer funding extension 6:34pm BST

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives on Thursday was poised to reject a Senate-passed $8.1 billion measure to fund transportation projects through 2014 in a bid to force through Republicans' plans that would extend funding until May.


Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know' of gifts to former Virginia governor 7:50pm BST

RICHMOND Va. - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements company.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds collective bargaining law 4:13pm BST

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's collective bargaining reforms, which prompted protests from organized labor, do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of public sector union workers, the state's supreme court ruled on Thursday.


Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.