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Obama calls on women only at news conference

Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners.

Bob Simpson, co-developer of Saffir-Simpson scale, dies

Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.

Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others.

State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.

Obama signs massive defense spending bill

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."

Obama signs bill deepening US-Israeli cooperation

President Barack Obama has signed a bill deepening U.S.-Israeli cooperation and says the legislation reinforces "critical defense and security programs."

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

Obama signs massive defense spending bill

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close.

NLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy

Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.

Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call

When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words.

Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

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