By Deb Riechmann and Julie Pace Associated Press WASHINGTON – Kayla Jean Mueller, a 26-year-old American woman held by Islamic State militants, has been confirmed dead, her parents and the Obama administration said Tuesday. The White House said that Mueller’s family received a private message from her captors over the weekend and the information contained […]

By Omar Akour and Joseph Krauss Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan – A video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange. The video appeared aimed at testing Jordan’s […]

By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the […]

By Josh Lederman and Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama’s proposed $74 billion […]

A woman walks down the middle of Eighth Avenue near Times Square, New York, early Tuesday. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Bob Salsberg and Denise Lavoie Associated Press BOSTON – A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston but farther south it mostly spared New York City, which slowly blinked back to life Tuesday, canceling its travel ban and restarting its subway trains amid better-than-expected weather conditions. Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed 2 […]

By David Koenig AP Airlines Writer Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. By midafternoon Monday, about 6,500 U.S. flights through Tuesday had already been scrubbed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. Most were to or from a band running from Washington through New York to Boston. And […]

By Nedra Pickler and Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. Although President Barack Obama was not at home, the security breach prompted a […]

This May 12, 2014 file image from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera. (AP Photo/File)

By Robyn Dixon Los Angeles Times (TNS) JOHANNESBURG – The leader of the terror group Boko Haram says God commanded him to massacre hundreds of people in northeastern Nigeria, an attack described by human rights groups as the worst so far by the militia. More than 7,500 people fled the assault that began Jan. 3 […]

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen in the background. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats […]