Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

BIRMINGHAM Ala. - A grand jury has indicted Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed.


Wyoming attorney general says gay marriages can begin on Tuesday 20 Oct 2014

- Gay marriages can begin in Wyoming on Tuesday after the state files a formal notice that it will not appeal a judge's order overturning a ban on same-sex matrimony, the state's attorney general said on Monday.


U.S. approves sale of $600 million in tank ammunition to Iraq 1:06am BST

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Monday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of $600 million in tank ammunition manufactured by General Dynamics Corp , saying it would help the Iraqi government establish an integrated ground defense capability.


Obama votes early in Chicago, encourages others to follow 20 Oct 2014

CHICAGO - Hoping to encourage turnout among Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama took advantage of early voting opportunities in his hometown of Chicago on Monday and cast his electronic ballot at a polling place near his home.


U.S. Congress examining deal between NSA official, ex-agency chief 20 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee and an outspoken U.S. Congressman are seeking further information about a deal under which a top National Security Agency official is being permitted to work part-time for a private company run by the spy agency's former director.


Arkansas Democrats look to ex-President Clinton as early voting starts 20 Oct 2014

LITTLE ROCK Ark. - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a renewed push in his home state of Arkansas to boost Democrats in tight local races that also have major national implications as early voting started on Monday in the state.


U.S. calls ban on entry by six Hungarians a warning to clean up 20 Oct 2014

BUDAPEST - The United States said on Monday six Hungarians had been banned from entering the U.S. as a warning to Budapest to reverse policies that threatened to undermine democratic values.


Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early 20 Oct 2014

UPPER MARLBORO Md. - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler.


Pentagon to create medical support team for U.S. Ebola response 19 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member expeditionary medical support team to be able to provide emergency help in the event of an Ebola crisis in the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday.


Supreme Court denies request to block Texas voter ID law 18 Oct 2014

- The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday denied a request to block a Texas law requiring residents to show certain forms of identification before they vote, a measure that supporters say prevents voter fraud but opponents decry as discriminatory.