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Homeowner Program Faces Mounting Backlog

1 hour 4 min ago
The Obama administration's signature program to aid struggling homeowners has hit another speed bump: The mortgage companies processing applications can't keep up with demand.

EU, U.S. Expand Sanctions on Russia

1 hour 11 min ago
The European Union and the U.S. adopted broad economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday to punish Moscow's unbending stance in the Ukraine conflict.

Senate Passes Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Fund

2 hours 15 min ago
The Senate on Tuesday passed an $8.1 billion measure to replenish the fund that pays for highway and bridge repairs, creating last-minute trouble to prevent the fund from becoming depleted.

Researchers Fret as Social Media Lift Veil on Drug Trials

2 hours 35 min ago
Drug makers and researchers are increasingly concerned that online chatter could unravel the carefully built construct of the 'blind' clinical trial.

Court Blocks Mississippi Law Threatening Abortion Clinic

2 hours 48 min ago
A federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Tuesday a Mississippi law that threatened to shut down the state's sole abortion clinic was likely unconstitutional and blocked it from being enforced.

Leahy's Bill Would Curb U.S. Surveillance

3 hours 1 min ago
A bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to revamp U.S. government surveillance programs represents the best chance for changes this year, congressional officials say, but many hurdles remain.

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Defends Probes

4 hours 11 sec ago
U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg said the agency has dismissed three employees in recent months and placed a fourth on administrative leave amid investigations into fraud.

Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Campus

4 hours 8 min ago
A broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water some 30 feet in the air Tuesday, stranding cars and people in underground parking structures and covering parts of campus in ankle-deep water.

McDonnell Corruption Trial Focuses Broken Marriage

4 hours 20 min ago
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had a broken marriage that left them vulnerable to a businessman seeking to exploit their power for his own benefit, their attorneys said on the opening day of the couple's political-corruption trial.

Obama Weighs Fewer Deportations

4 hours 21 min ago
President Obama is considering broad action to scale back deportations of people living illegally in the U.S., say lawmakers and immigration advocates who have consulted with the White House.

Heavy Drinkers Prone to Memory Problems Later in Life

4 hours 33 min ago
People who have a history of drinking problems by middle age are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later life as those who don't, according to a study.

Consumer Confidence Rises in U.S.

4 hours 56 min ago
Consumers turned more upbeat about the economy this month, according to a consumer confidence report. Better sentiment about job availability supports expectations for a good increase in July payrolls.

Transit Agencies Get Creative

6 hours 40 min ago
Transit authorities in the U.S. looking to expand rail lines are getting into the real-estate-development business to raise revenue.

House GOP Releases Border Bill

7 hours 47 min ago
House Republicans released a bill providing $659 million to help deal with the influx of Central American children and families crossing the border.

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Chief

8 hours 29 min ago
The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, one day after congressional leaders cobbled together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency and expand care.

Energy Regulators Say EPA's Climate Rule Poses Grid Challenges

10 hours 3 min ago
President Barack Obama's proposed carbon-emissions rule for the nation's power plants will create new cost and reliability challenges for the U.S. electricity system, federal energy regulators said Tuesday.

Why Tensions Are Rising Between U.S., Israel

10 hours 20 min ago
Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib looks at increasingly fraught U.S.-Israeli relations and finds mutual mistrust stemming from a broken peace process and ongoing talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program.

Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

10 hours 50 min ago
Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.

Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

11 hours 5 min ago
House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.

Home-Price Growth Slows

12 hours 48 min ago
Home prices across the U.S. slowed sharply to a single-digit pace in May on a year-over-year basis, the slowest rate since February 2013, according to a home-price report.