The special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts has turned ugly, with Republican Gabriel Gomez calling Democrat Ed Markey "pond scum" after a Markey TV ad featuring a split screen with Gomez and Osama bin Laden.
During President Obama's speech in Washington Thursday, a woman heckler sparred several times with him about drones and the Guantanamo detention center.
Connecticut's seven-week-old gun law, passed in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook School in Newtown in December, has been challenged in federal court.
Attorney General Eric Holder issued the first official acknowledgement Wednesday that the United States has killed four U.S. citizens with drone strikes.
The editors of Antiwar.com are suing the FBI for access to surveillance files they say the agency has compiled on them and their online magazine.
The same IRS office that targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status released pending applications from nine such groups to the liberal news source ProPublica late last year, according to a story on the publication's website.
News that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors of the Associated Press has triggered a storm of protest.
The Philadelphia doctor whose late-term abortions were carried out in an alleged "house of horrors" was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder Monday.
The retired diplomat who led the State Department investigation into last year's attack on the U.S diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended on TV interview programs Sunday the decision not to question former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The top cleric in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has announced he will not attend graduation ceremonies next week at Jesuit-run Boston College, where the commencement speaker will be Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny. The prime minister is supporting legislation in Ireland to legalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy is determined to be a threat to a woman's life, including cases where the woman is threatening suicide.