Vanessa Hudgens transforms for ‘Gimme Shelter’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – “Just breathe deeply.” That’s one of Vanessa Hudgens’ New Year’s resolutions. The star, 25, has it written in her journal as a reminder to be present, grounded … Read More

US, EU begin sanctions relief for Iran – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — The United States and European Union began easing some economic sanctions against Iran on Monday as Tehran announced that it has ceased certain nuclear activities that it … Read More

Return engagement to White House for Miami Heat – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama welcomed the Miami Heat back to the White House on Tuesday, this time to honor the team for its 2012-13 NBA championship. The president … Read More

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he … Read More

Russia bombings spark Olympics security concerns – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Security efforts throughout Russia intensified Monday after a pair of bombings killed more than 30 people about 400 miles from where the Winter Olympic Games are scheduled … Read More

Libya releases 4 US military personnel – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON (AP) — Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before … Read More

Ducks rally past Capitals, extend franchise-best streak – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON (AP) — Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau admitted he “was as nervous as all get out” to be facing his former team Monday night. After the Ducks rallied … Read More

White House taps new chief for health care website – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former president of the Microsoft Office Division, will replace Jeff Zients as the administration’s point person on HealthCare.gov, the Department of Health and Human Services … Read More

Halt in aid is blow to US effort to help Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The U.S. decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria is another blow to American efforts to strengthen and unify insurgents fighting … Read More

NSA director defends surveillance programs as necessary – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander said Wednesday that “there isn’t a better way” to help defend the country from potential terror threats than the ongoing and … Read More