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The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's decision to end affirmative action at its public universities in a 6-2 ruling, but the justices were divided in their reasoning, suggesting continued uncertainty over the issue of racial preferences.
New York's famed Tavern on the Green, long known more for its Central Park setting than the quality of its food, is reopening in a more intimate space that could hold more appeal for local residents.
Sales of newly built homes tumbled in March while prices surged, in the latest indication that the U.S. housing market is struggling to regain traction.
An Army general has been forced to retire after an inquiry found that he failed to properly investigate repeated allegations of sexual assault, officials said.
The Labor Department issued new regulations aimed at eliminating black lung disease among miners, drawing criticism from industry groups.
A postal-workers union is ramping up a campaign to try to slow the Postal Service's partnership with Staples.
The death of a New York City policeman who responded to a fire ahead of firefighters has prompted departments around the U.S. to review guidelines for officers who find themselves in similar situations.
Thousands of federal prison inmates could seek early release under details of a new, long-awaited clemency program unveiled by the Obama administration.
The Pentagon said U.S. troops would be sent for exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies on Russia's border, after Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing two people and shooting at a military plane.
Fed officials are on track to reduce their monthly bond buying to $45 billion at their policy meeting next week and stick with a communications approach that leaves investors with a little uncertainty about when it will start raising interest rates.
As water managers parcel out the scarce commodity to cities and farmers in a prolonged drought, environmentalists threaten to sue them for not leaving enough for a fish called the Rio Grande silvery minnow.
The NLRB certified a February election in which the UAW was rejected by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, bringing to an end a two-month battle over the result.
Japan's prime minister is pushing to remove six-decade-old constraints on his country's military, a goal that the Obama administration said it supports.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. believes the Japan-U.S. security treaty covers disputed islands in the East China Sea, the first time an incumbent president has clearly made such a statement, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday.
More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service employees who recently had been disciplined received performance bonuses totaling more than $2.8 million between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012, a government audit found.
America's biggest businesses are trying to help Republicans win control of the Senate this year. But in a crucial race in Louisiana, they are doing all they can to help Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Supreme Court justices expressed unease with online-video startup Aereo, but they also voiced concerns about the consequences of ruling for the broadcasters that are challenging the legality of the service.
A panel of federal appeals-court judges signaled that prosecutors may have taken too broad a view of insider trading, saying there needs to be more a "bright line" about what constitutes a crime.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally will leave the auto maker earlier than expected after a more than seven-year run that has seen the company build on its recent successes in North America and China.
A month after one of the most lethal landslides in U.S. history, shock and grief are giving way to frazzled nerves. With President Obama set to visit, residents of Oso, Wash., are demanding to know if their well water is safe and whether they will get timely warnings of future slides.