Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after this year's summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign. Republicans control the House and want to pad their 17-vote majority, so they intend to follow this simple rule: first, do no harm. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign. Republicans control the House and want […]

By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. But the rate dropped because more people […]

By Michael Kunzelman and Janet McConnaughey Associated Press NEW ORLEANS – BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier […]

By Peter Frost Chicago Tribune (MCT) The nation’s No. 2 drugstore operator has finally kicked the habit. CVS plans to announce Wednesday that it has pulled all remaining cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products from each of its 7,700 pharmacies nationwide. In doing so, the company, long known as CVS Caremark Corp., announced […]

By Zeina Karam Associated Press BEIRUT – Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage – […]

By Michael Felberbaum Associated Press FORT LEE, Va. – An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command’s headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day. The soldier, who has not […]

By Pete Yost and Marcy Gordon Associated Press WASHINGTON – The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The deal calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to […]

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON – American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, a U.S. official said, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. The strikes came in the hours after militants released a gruesome […]

By Alana Semuels Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK – A video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of journalist James Foley by the militant group Islamic State, nearly two years after the American disappeared in Syria. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, issued a statement saying that U.S. intelligence […]