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 […]

Actor David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," prepares to speak during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, on Monday in Atlanta. Also pictured are King's daughter Bernice King, left, and his sister Christine King Farris, right. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Kate Brumback Associated Press ATLANTA – Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a lot left to be done to fulfill King’s dream. King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, urged those gathered at […]

In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference on Friday if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business. The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Many Americans live in France or have strong ties to the United States’ historic ally, and some Europeans who have lived in the United States have strong but sometimes differing perceptions of how jihadist attacks affect international relations as well as business and family ties. Sarah-Lyle Coleman, originally from Corinth, […]

Officials investigate the scene of a prison transport bus crash in Penwell, Texas, on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials said the bus carrying prisoners and corrections officers fell from an overpass in West Texas and crashed onto train tracks below. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)

PENWELL, Texas (AP) – At least 10 people were killed Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said. The overpass on Interstate 20 was slick with ice Wednesday morning when the Texas Department […]

By Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper Associated Press ISLAMABAD – Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more […]

An armed police officer stands on the roof of a building in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered Friday. Two sets of attackers seized hostages and locked down hundreds of French security forces around the capital on Friday, sending the city into fear and turmoil for a third day in a series of linked attacks that began with the deadly newspaper terror attack that left 12 people dead. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

By Lori Hinnant and Samuel Petrequin Associated Press PARIS – With explosions and gunfire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape. The worst […]

By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The government […]

A cartoon style drawing hangs outside France's embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The sign reads in Spanish "The pencil is the most peaceful weapon, don't mess with humor" in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

By Matthew Schofield McClatchy Foreign Staff (TNS) BERLIN – The terror attack Wednesday that killed 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper known for running cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad wasn’t a total surprise. Europe, France and even the newspaper have been preparing for such an attack for months. Europe has been […]