Obama to host concert honoring Carole King
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King.
She's the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
Rising consumer demands aids organic industry sway
WASHINGTON (AP) — The organic food industry is gaining influence on Capitol Hill, prompted by its entry into traditional farm states and by increasing consumer demand.
That's not going over well with everyone in Congress.
Pew survey questions Gen X, baby boomer savings
NEW YORK (AP) — A research report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says younger baby boomers and Generation Xers face an uncertain retirement because of reduced savings, high levels of debt, and losses during the Great Recession.
The study found...
The IRS and its tea party tempest
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is feeling the sort of heat that targeted taxpayers feel from the tax agency. It's the sense that a powerful someone is breathing down your neck.
Republicans in Congress are livid with the IRS...
Canada trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian government is trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers who are frustrated by U.S. visa policies, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration system.
Camp means community service for many young people
NEW YORK (AP) — At 14, Tyler Cohen had never been out of the country or traveled without his Long Island family when he found himself in Costa Rica on a monthlong service trip for teens.
There, he worked on a coffee plantation, made signs for...
Hagel orders review of sex-abuse prevention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday ordered the military to recertify all 25,000 people involved in programs designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault, an acknowledgement that assaults have escalated beyond the...
CBO: Obama budget cuts deficits $1.1T by 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget would trim projected federal deficits by $1.1 trillion over the coming decade, using nearly $6 in higher revenues for every $1 in reduced spending to achieve it, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst...
Navy pilot earns degree in combat zone
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Finals week was dangerous for Thomas Saenz.
The Navy lieutenant needed armed guards and an armored car to get to his California university-approved exam site, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A deadly bomb attack also caused him to...
Jerry Brown defends education spending in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his proposal to shift some education spending to the state's neediest children.
With a proposed jump in school spending this year, Brown wants to target new dollars at districts with students...
Marine, dog reunited in surprise ceremony
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he'd look her up when he returned home.
"I promised her if we made it out of alive, I'd...
Calif. doc with 'cancer cure' gets 14 years prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California doctor has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for bilking her patients out of more than $1 million by promising that an herbal supplement could cure late-stage cancer and other diseases.