Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance program uncertain after Senate vote


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before its June 1 expiration.


Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi 2:48am BST

WASHINGTON - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. | Video


Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals 2:56am BST

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.

Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch 6:30am BST

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season.


U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet 22 May 2015

WASHINGTON - Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. | Video


Obama reaffirms commitment to Israel security to American Jews 22 May 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up support from the Jewish community ahead of a June deadline for reaching a potential deal to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities, on Friday said his commitment to Israel was "unshakeable." | Video


Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling 2:32am BST

WASHINGTON - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.


How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush's economic vision for U.S. 22 May 2015

WASHINGTON - There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.


Clinton attacks Republicans over Ex-Im Bank in New Hampshire 22 May 2015

HAMPTON, N.H./WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American jobs at risk.

Senate rejects trade bill currency rules mandating sanctions 22 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Friday rejected a push to beef up rules against currency manipulation in a key trade bill, avoiding a clash with the Obama administration and U.S. trade partners.