America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

Prosecutors use refuge occupiers' own words against them

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The main leaders of the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge have been denied pre-trial release as prosecutors used their own words on social media and videos against them to argue that they were a danger to the community.

  • Written by TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he'll ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

State Department declares 22 Clinton emails 'top secret'


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came three days before the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate competes in the Iowa caucuses.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

US economy is expected to strengthen after weak 4th quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy struggled to grow in the October-December quarter as consumer spending, business investment and exports slowed. Yet despite global weakness and shrunken oil and stock prices, many economists expect growth to accelerate on the strength of healthy job gains.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer