Thousands of air, rail and road travelers along the East Coast are stranded or looking for other ways of getting home after a snowstorm blanketed much of the region over Christmas weekend.
Forecasters say the big winter storm blowing up the East Coast could just graze the nation's capital, but other regions may not be so lucky. The National Weather Service's Bob Oravec says the storm will be a blizzard in some areas.
Winter weather is disrupting holiday travel in the southern US, where some parts are having a rare white Christmas. Hundreds of flights are canceled in and out of Atlanta. And National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Korty says the East Coast should get ready to face the same storm.
The EPA is announcing it'll propose new standards for power plants in July and for oil refineries next December. The Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions after Congress did not act on climate change legislation this year.
President Obama told workers at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana today their success is a sign of confidence in the country’s future.
News rules for Internet service providers today from the Federal Communications Commission. They are designed to keep broadband landline companies from interfering with information flow to their customers. NPR's Paul Brown reports the plan largely exempts wireless Internet providers.
The Senate is in session today to discuss whether to ratify START, a new arms control treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev earlier this year. Treaties require the approval of a two-thirds majority. Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks there's enough support in the Senate, although he knows that some members won't accept it.
President Obama signed the 858-billion-dollar tax-cut bill this afternoon, extending Bush-era tax rates for another two years. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the tax bill passed the House last night with nearly equal support from Democrats and Republicans.
The Senate is set to vote in about an hour on whether to overturn a ban on gays serving openly in the military. A major opponent is John McCain of Arizona, who said there's no evidence the policy has failed.
The US government is suing BP as well as eight other companies and subsidiaries over the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. Attorney General Eric Holder says the suit is just the first step in holding BP and others accountable for violating environmental laws.
An appeal from Swedish prosecutors is keeping Julian Assange in a British jail for at least another two days. Sweden is fighting a British judge's decision today to free the Wikileaks founder on bail while he fights extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crimes charges.
NATO says six coalition troops and two Afghan soldiers have been killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. In Kabul, NPR's Quil Lawrence reports military authorities say a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed van at the gates of a military installation.
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the president's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, is in the hospital after emergency surgery. As NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, Holbrooke is a veteran diplomat who's been given some of the thorniest foreign policy challenges.
The man accused of kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart has been found guilty. Today, a jury convicted Brian David Mitchell eight years after he abducted Smart from her Utah home when she was 14. Smart is now 23 years old. NPR's Howard Berkes reports Mitchell now faces sentencing.
A Baltimore man is in federal custody for allegedly plotting to blow up a military recruitment site in Maryland. The Justice Department says the suspect, Antonio Martinez, is a 21-year-old Muslim convert. He was snared in a sting operation that was months in the making.
President Obama is standing by his decision to give the GOP what it wanted Bush-era tax cut extensions for the wealthiest Americans. Confronted with criticism from members of his own party, the president called the last-minute briefing with White House reporters today to explain that if he hadn't compromised, middle-class families would've also seen their tax cuts go away at the end of the month.
The embattled founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is suffering another setback. Switzerland has frozen the bank account of his whistle-blowing website. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the bank reportedly acted because Assange allegedly had provided false information when he opened the account.
Iran announced today it's produced its own uranium, which could be processed into material that could be used for nuclear power. Iran's nuclear energy chief said this means Iran has become self-sufficient in the entire fuel cycle, from extracting uranium ore to enriching it and producing nuclear fuel.
In the Senate today, Republicans blocked two Democratic proposals for extending the expiring Bush-era tax cuts. NPR's David Welna reports the measures ran into a wall of Republican opposition.
The US House is expected to vote this hour on whether to extend expiring tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports the issue's been generating heated debate.
The White House is wrapping up its effort to get a nuclear arms treaty with Russia through Congress this year. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the latest big Republican gun to come to the White House's aid.
The White House is calling the whistle-blowing group Wikileaks and anyone linked to the release of classified materials criminals. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is threatening aggressive steps to get to the source of the leak.
Wikileaks has moved forward with a major document drop of hundreds of thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the action flies in the face of dire warnings from top US officials.
Early signs point to bigger-than-usual crowds for a Black Friday, when retailers hope post-Thanksgiving Day sales catapult them into the black through the holiday shopping season.
President Obama told workers at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana today their success is a sign of confidence in the country’s future.
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