Analysis: US-China agreement on cybertheft a first step

An AP News Analysis

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's pledge to help crack down on hackers who steal commercial secrets from the United States, even coming as it did amid a bit of arm-twisting by President Barack Obama, is a big breakthrough that could reduce U.S.-China tensions and end huge losses for American companies.

  • Written by PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press KEN DILANIAN, Associated Press

Next in line? McCarthy is realist with conservative appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Boehner to leave as Congress confronts intractable issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he had planned to resign at the end of last year but stayed on because he feared a leadership shakeup would create too much turmoil for House Republicans.

  • Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

More business buzz than Hollywood vibe at China state dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dinner is supposed to be a chance to unwind after a tough day at the office, but the extravagant dinner that President Barack Obama put on in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping served up plenty of opportunities to keep the business talk going well into the night.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

US aims to cut HIV infections in young women in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing a $300 million program to drastically reduce HIV infections in girls and young woman in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hard hit by the virus.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent