A three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.
The news Tuesday morning from the stranded ship in the Antarctic is that it’s looking more and more as though icebreakers won’t be able to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, so the passengers and some of the crew are preparing to be plucked off the ice by helicopter.
NASA has launched its webcast of Tuesday's spacewalk at the International Space Station, where two American astronauts will continue critical repairs on cooling equipment.
The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.
Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," Pope Francis writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.
As authorities try to piece together what happened inside the home of a prominent Virginia lawmaker Tuesday, there's word that a lack of space in psychiatric facilities may have played a role in the tragedy.
The enormous task continues of getting aid to the millions of people who were in the path of Typhoon Haiyan when it roared into parts of the Philippines.
The identities of the 13 people, including the gunman, who died and at least eight who were wounded are being released by officials as family members are informed of the victims' statuses. Police have now identified all of those who died in Monday's violence, including the alleged gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34.
Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.