Democrats, despite many months until the first votes are cast in the 2016 presidential race, are already drawing comparisons between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the Republican Party's 2012 White House nominee Mitt Romney - and they don't consider them flattering.
Alabama appeared set within hours to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed, prompting one couple to pitch a tent outside a courthouse even as the state's chief justice made a last-minute bid to keep the weddings on hold Monday.
Winter-weary residents of the Northeast US, which has been battered recently by a series of major snowstorms, braced Sunday for even more, as schools and courts announced closures and drivers were warned to stay off roadways.
In a new national security strategy unveiled last Friday, the Obama administration pledged to develop a "constructive" relationship with China that can benefit both peoples and promote security and prosperity in Asia and around the world.
The hotel that boasts some 40 rooms with various themes and decorations can host up to 100 overnight guests who can enjoy an onsite bar as well as a cathedral and reception area made exclusively of ice.
A Canadian man has been formally detained on suspicion of stealing and prying into State secrets by the State Security Bureau of Dandong, Northeast China's Liaoning province, while his wife was granted bail, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday.