Relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings have been speaking about their grief, as the names of the victims were officially published on Saturday.
The Christmas decorations are up in Sandy Hook. College kids are starting to come home for the holidays. But in the centre of this small New England community many of the flags, signs and balloons don't have much of a festive resonance.
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is recovering at home after suffering concussion in a fall brought on by illness, her spokesman said on Saturday.
America was reeling on Saturday from one of the worst school shootings in its history as fresh details emerged about a massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
The main beneficiary of Susan Rice's withdrawal from the race for secretary of state is John Kerry, who takes on the mantle of frontrunner for the most prestigious job in the administration – other than the presidency.
The Obama administration has invited the head of the newly recognised Syrian rebel coalition, Moaz al-Khatib, to Washington as the US attempts to build a sympathetic administration to slot into place and keep hostile Islamist forces at bay when President Bashar al-Assad falls.
The leaders of Syria's western-backed opposition are to unveil plans on Wednesday to rapidly move hundreds of millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid into the most deprived areas of the country.
Barack Obama is pressing the Egyptian leadership to help de-escalate the bloody conflict in Gaza amid concern that a further ratcheting up of violence, such as a major Israeli ground assault, could damage the peace accords between Cairo and Jerusalem.
A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and there will be a "tectonic shift" with the rise of a global middle class.
The Obama administration has issued its strongest warning so far that that the looming sequestration budget cuts will cause "calamity" for air travellers.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall as a category 1 storm with top wind speeds of 80mph Tuesday in extreme south-eastern Louisiana, where authorities warned that the slow-moving storm could hit inland areas as well as coastlines hard.
A succession of top Republicans have begun distancing themselves from Mitt Romney after the former presidential hopeful made a series of blunt comments about minority groups as he sought to explain why he lost the race for the White House.
Barack Obama warned at the first meeting of his second-term cabinet on Monday that the $85bn in forced spending cuts will mean difficult budget decisions in the weeks ahead and that unemployment will end up being higher than it needs to be.
House Republicans were preparing to push through a "plan B" bill on the fiscal cliff crisis on Thursday, in a largely symbolic gesture that only served to highlight the extent of the deadlock in Washington.
Barack Obama warned on Saturday of a "ripple effect" through the US economy that would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs after he reluctantly signed an order to begin a huge $85bn (£56bn) programme of government cuts.
Metropolitan police officers have been sleeping on floors, under tables, in cupboards and even in McDonald's because back-to-back shifts leave them too little time to go home, it has been claimed.
John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives, has dismissed the latest White House proposals on the fiscal cliff negotiations, declaring them "not serious".
The first serious proposals from the White House to solve the looming "fiscal cliff" of tax rises and budget cuts appear to have been rejected out of hand by Republican leaders in Congress.
New York's police chief has hit out at President Barack Obama over his refusal to tackle gun violence, accusing him of uttering "barely a peep" on the issue.