|For wind power, US extends permit for eagle deaths
The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.
|Experts urge feds to measure, pursue our happiness
A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings. They recommend that federal statistics and surveys include a few extra questions on happiness.
|Republican Tom Cotton invites Obama to Arkansas
Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has said President Barack Obama should visit Arkansas to see the effects of the nation's new health care law.
|NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal
The National Security Agency is defending its tracking of foreign cell phones overseas. It says the practice is legal under a U.S. presidential order governing all U.S. government spying.
|President Obama lights National Christmas Tree
President Barack Obama has thrown the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.
|US intelligence adviser resigns amid Chinese firm concern
A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he was a paid consultant to a Chinese tech company that's considered an espionage threat, officials said Friday.
|Mandela was a 'giant among us,' Hillary Clinton says
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is remembering Nelson Mandela as a "giant among us" who showed the world how to respond to injustice and tragedy.
|All Syrian chemical weapons destroyed, watch group says
The international chemical weapons watchdog said Friday it has verified the destruction of all of Syria's unfilled munitions — another milestone along the road to eradicating President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program by next year.
|At halfway mark, Kerry's Mideast efforts not enough
Halfway through an ambitious nine-month process, aimed at forging Mideast peace, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- after another round of shuttle diplomacy -- has little to show for his efforts.
|Obama will travel to South Africa for Mandela funeral
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to legendary civil rights advocate Nelson Mandela, the White House announced Friday.