By Janet McConnaughey Associated Press NEW ORLEANS – The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant’s arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation’s “foremost national security leaders.” Obama announced Carter’s nomination during a ceremony at the White House. A Pentagon veteran […]

A NASA Orion capsule on top of a Delta IV rocket lifts off on its first unmanned orbital test flight from Complex 37 B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new Orion spacecraft made a “bull’s-eye” Pacific splashdown Friday following a dramatic journey 3,604 miles beyond Earth. The achievement opens a new era of human exploration to put people on Mars. The unmanned, 4 1/2-hour test flight set at least one record: flying farther […]

By Nedra Pickler Associated Press WASHINGTON – Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians. However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local […]

By Jim Suhr and Andale Gross Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown’s family and others. Protesters […]

Police in riot gear move down the street past a burning police car Monday in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Jim Salter and David A. Lieb Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police. Within minutes […]

By Julie Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had […]

By Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON – Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. In a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi was re-elected by voice vote in a race […]

By Jonathan Fahey AP Energy Writer NEW YORK – Those low gas prices on station signs aren’t going away soon, the government says. In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That is a 44-cent […]