By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from […]

By George Jahn and Matthew Lee Associated Press VIENNA – After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions – an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military […]

By David Crary AP National Writer NEW YORK – The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. In a statement Monday, the BSA said the […]

By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge. The figures released […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans […]

By Meg Kinnard, Jeffrey Collins and Jonathan Drew Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other black churchgoers in what police called a hate crime. “What a life Clementa Pinckney lived!” Obama […]

The crowd reacts after the ruling on same-sex marriage is announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as any other couples, the Supreme Court declared Friday in a historic ruling deciding one of the nation’s most contentious and emotional legal questions. Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed in states where they had been forbidden. The […]

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By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks like he could sit there for eternity. But […]

By Nedra Pickler Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case. In an interview, Obama weighed in on the debate over race and guns that has erupted after the arrest of a white man for the […]