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Obama talks to Putin, asks aides for plane reports

Posted: 07/17/2014 - President Barack Obama is asking his advisers to keep him updated on reports of a plane shot down over Ukraine. But the White House says it can't confirm the reports.

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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Updated: 07/17/2014 - Malaysia's prime minister says a Malaysia Airlines jetliner did not make any distress call before it went down in Ukraine, and that the flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

Posted: 07/17/2014 - The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow for its threatening moves in Ukraine.

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Police seize medical records of woman seen punched

Posted: 07/16/2014 - An attorney says California Highway Patrol investigators have seized medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of the agency's officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

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Investor submits signatures to split California

Posted: 07/16/2014 - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states

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Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

Posted: 07/16/2014 - A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.

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New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Posted: 07/16/2014 - Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease. It is different from the amyloid plaques and tau tangles that long have been considered hallmarks of this form of dementia.

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Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

Posted: 07/16/2014 - The Army is losing the initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

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19 dead in Moscow subway train derailment

Updated: 07/15/2014 - Emergency officials say a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow has killed at least 10 people and injured 106, of whom 50 are in grave condition.

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In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

Posted: 07/14/2014 - An internal watchdog says that in its rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a high error rate that results in payments to many veterans who lack adequate medical evidence of a disability.

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INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping rail safety rules

Updated: 07/13/2014 - A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.

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Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies at 65

Updated: 07/12/2014 - Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

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Summer Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler temperatures

Posted: 07/11/2014 - Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.

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