WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies. In a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business […]

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on Thursday. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

By Peter Leonard and Mstyslav Chernov Associated Press HRABOVE, Ukraine – A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft. As plumes of black smoke rose […]

By Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON – Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades. The settlement represents a moment of […]

By Josh Boak AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 – […]

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency. Obama […]

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors is recalling at least 7.6 million more vehicles dating back to 1997 to fix faulty ignition switches as the company’s safety crisis continues to grow. The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM’s total number of recalls this year to over 28 million. The company says it […]

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The justices’ 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives […]

By Mark Sherman Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts Thursday, declaring it an unconstitutional restraint on the free-speech rights of protesters. Authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with potential confrontations or other problems that can arise outside clinics, Chief Justice […]

By Nicholas Riccardi and Brady McCombs Associated Press DENVER – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 […]