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GOP can count ways to Senate majority

Updated: 12/29/2013 - Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in next year's elections. But tea party challenges will make it complicated for them.

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Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups

Updated: 12/29/2013 - The Obama administration says that following a December surge more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved website.

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GOP governors defend edge over Democrats in 2014

Posted: 12/28/2013 - Fueled by the tea party, Republicans swept into governorships four years ago on a wave of discontent. They ousted Democrats long used to holding power, and promised conservative makeovers.

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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Posted: 12/28/2013 - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

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Federal government ends extended jobless benefits

Posted: 12/28/2013 - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million jobless Americans has driven people to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions.

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Obama nudges Senate to extend jobless benefits

Updated: 12/28/2013 - President Barack Obama has told two senators proposing to extend expiring federal unemployment benefits that he plans to push Congress to do it quickly.

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Police: No beer led to ceramic squirrel stabbing

Posted: 12/27/2013 - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

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Iranian official calls for direct talks with US

Posted: 12/27/2013 - The top foreign adviser to Iran's supreme leader on Friday called for separate talks directly with the United States amid the multilateral negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

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Oil prices edging up

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Oil prices gained nearly 3 percent last week as optimism about the U.S. economic recovery lifted expectations for the country's energy demand.

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3rd spacewalk in a week at space station

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Two Russian astronauts have begun a spacewalk to install cameras and perform other work on the International Space Station.

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Utility linemen brave cold, ice to restore power

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Utility crews, many working double shifts, are chipping away at power outages left by last week's ice storm in Michigan, New England and into eastern Canada.

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