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Not good enough: Math, reading scores up slightly

Posted: 11/08/2013 - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

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Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

Posted: 11/08/2013 - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Voters reward pragmatic, but limited government

Posted: 11/08/2013 - That could be instructive for lawmakers as a dysfunctional and divided Washington wrestles with philosophical questions about the federal budget and President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Jason Carter to run for Ga. governor

Posted: 11/07/2013 - Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, said Thursday he plans to run for governor of Georgia next year.

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3 Navy officials now charged with taking bribes

Posted: 11/07/2013 - The number of senior U.S. Navy officials accused of swapping secrets for bribes that included cash, prostitutes and high-end travel has grown to three.

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Is Black Friday turning into Black November?

Posted: 11/07/2013 - The holiday shopping season is starting early this year -- very early. Retailers are already starting to roll out their so-called "door-buster" deals, typically reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and beyond.

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Twitter prices IPO at $26 a share

Posted: 11/07/2013 - Twitter late Wednesday priced its shares at $26, as the social networking firm prepares to go public Thursday morning in the splashiest initial share offering since Facebook's May 2012 market debut.

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Meteors streak across SoCal night sky

Posted: 11/07/2013 - The sky put on a show for residents of several western states Wednesday night and early Thursday, as meteors that looked like fireballs produced bright flashes.

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Christie, McAuliffe, winners in slate of elections

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Christie became the first Republican to earn more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote in a quarter-century. McAuliffe is the first member of the party occupying the White House to become Virginia governor since 1977.

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Casinos, pot, secession among US ballot measures

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Voters across the country faced ballot measures Tuesday ranging from whether to approve seven casinos in New York to the fate of Houston's iconic Astrodome.

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Chris Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

Posted: 11/06/2013 - With 51 percent of precincts reporting, De Blasio, the city's public advocate, had 73 percent of the vote compared with 25 percent for Republican Joe Lhota, former chief of the metropolitan area's transit agency.

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Hagel warns of dangers in deep cuts to defense

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The Pentagon is preparing top-to-bottom changes, including a push to limit the growth of military pay, as it adjusts to steep budget cuts and the winding down of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

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McAuliffe, Cuccinelli seek votes in Va gov race

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The acrimonious campaign for Va. governor neared its end Tuesday, capping a race driven by negative ads, unrelenting accusations of dodgy behavior and a deep rancor between rivals Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

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Local, not US, issues at play in Tuesday voting

Posted: 11/05/2013 - Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of governors' races, several mayoral races and a host of local issues.

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