A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama’s desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate’s bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.
The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan’s already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.
Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.
The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald’s shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.
A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.
Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there’s another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees “speak with a more neutral American accent.”
After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow’s alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own.
The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family’s holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
China has begun investigations into one of the country’s senior politicians. Zhou Yongkang was a former domestic security chief, and he’s suspected of “serious disciplinary violations.”
The Obama administration is accusing Russia of testing a banned cruise missile, thus violating a long-standing treaty that helped put an end to the Cold War. To learn more about the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.