Federal Reserve officials debated at their July policy meeting whether they might need to raise interest rates sooner than expected in light of a strengthening recovery, but they were restrained by lingering doubts about whether the economy's gains would persist.
The fire, northeast of Bakersfield, was 15 percent contained after scorching about five square miles, officials said.
The pace of political ads that have flooded Alaska's airwaves is set to intensify after a candidate backed by Republican leaders, Dan Sullivan, won the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
As policy makers wrestle with how to handle the digital remains people leave behind on sites like Google and Facebook after they die, a new state law expanding access to the deceased's accounts could set a national trend.
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that his wife Maureen was showing the strain of becoming first lady within hours of his election. He took the stand in his own defense in their trial on political corruption charges.
North Carolina is eliminating one of the nation's most extensive programs aimed at luring Hollywood film companies.
James Foley, whose beheading at the hands of Islamic State militants was confirmed by President Obama, believed he had a calling to tell the stories of people he saw as voiceless and powerless.
St. Louis County prosecutors began a weekslong process of presenting evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has sparked more than a week of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor behind the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry, finds himself at the center of one of the most highly partisan court battles in recent Texas history.
There are new signs the violent protests that rocked this St. Louis suburb for more than a week may be abating, law-enforcement and protest leaders say.
The U.S.'s recent success in weakening Islamic State extremists is creating momentum for a broader campaign that could take American air power to the militant group's heartland northwest of Baghdad.
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to East Hartford, Conn., Wednesday to speak at a workforce development roundtable with Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Schools in Ferguson, Mo., have canceled classes, business owners are dealing with broken windows and falling revenue, and police forces are strained after repeated nights of violent protests.
Tuesday brought calm after a violent evening, repeating a pattern that has established itself in Ferguson, Mo., over the past week.