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Posted: January 7, 2014 at 4:23 a.m.

Angela Merkel, 59, the German chancellor, cracked her pelvis during a skiing accident in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks, her spokesman said.

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North Pole visits U.S., with peril worst in d...

Daryl Daugherty clears the sidewalk in front of his home, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Carmel, Ind., as temperatures dropped lower than 10 below zero. More than 12 inches of snow fell on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

MINNEAPOLIS — The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward ... Read »

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Senate curbs debate on extending U.S. jobless...

President Barack Obama waits to speak Tuesday at the White House after an introduction by Katherine Hackett of Moodus, Conn., who wrote to the president about her dependence on unemployment benefits while trying to find a job. Obama praised her “strength and dignity.”

The U.S. Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to limit debate on legislation to temporarily resume federal unemployment ... Read »