The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities.
Two serious technical flaws have been identified in the ground-launched anti-missile interceptors that the United States would rely on to defend against a nuclear attack by North Korea, including those based in Alaska.David Willman
Divers on Tuesday pulled three people alive from inside an overturned cruise ship and searched for other survivors, state media said, giving some small hope to an apparently massive tragedy with well over 400 people still missing on the Yangtze River.Christopher Bodeen
An American freelance journalist who had been held by insurgents in Yemen since last month has been freed, U.S. officials and news reports said Monday. Casey Coombs' release coincided with deadly new violence in Yemen, an impoverished but strategic state that has been devastated by a Saudi-led air offensive, now in its third month.Zaid Al-Alayaa and Laura King
Finding a civil rights cause that increasingly brings together conservatives and liberals, the Supreme Court told employers Monday that they had an "affirmative" duty under federal anti-discrimination law to accommodate the religious practices of employees and job applicants.David G. Savage
A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced. Alex DeMarban