Though Republicans have dominated federal offices since Alaska became a state in 1960, luck and the advantage of incumbency have had a large role.
What you need to know for Wednesday: Tennis without tickets, a day of marches, and a development in the chokehold case.
Faced with the realities of pension costs, budget deficits and a scarcity of federal support, the mayor has struggled to please his supporters.
The authorities arrested at least 47 people, as a grand jury was to consider evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
Since legislation failed on Capitol Hill, immigrant advocacy groups have turned their focus on the president, demanding that he halt most deportations.
At 5 feet 6, the Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is one of two shortest players in Major League Baseball, but he was leading all players in batting average and hits.
Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza.
Brisket, part of the Texas Trinity of barbecue, has been enthusiastically embraced by New Yorkers.
Witnesses to the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts, as a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence in the case.
Strident criticism of the action taken by the police in Ferguson, Mo., has come from authoritarian nations where the police are often venerated and dissent is scarcely tolerated.
The ensuing chaos echoed the past several nights of conflict between the police and protesters, with journalists among those arrested and feeling the effects of tear gas.
In what separatist officials call the “Ukrainianization” of the leadership, almost all the original Russian leaders of the rebellion have resigned and gone home, replaced by Ukrainians of dubious qualifications.
Dan Sullivan defeated two rivals and will face the Democratic Senator Mark Begich in a closely watched election that could tip the Senate to Republican control.
The Met’s management and the union representing its stage hands reached a contract deal, allowing the company to go ahead with its coming season of performances.
One of Utah’s most popular ski resorts is facing eviction in a legal dispute that may not be settled by the time winter kicks in.
A regulator fined 10 of 12 companies a total of $200 million, a record for China.
Tolstoy’s spouse, Sophia, wrote two novellas in reply to his story “The Kreutzer Sonata,” works that will be included in “The Kreutzer Sonata Variations,” from Yale University Press.
The police said the man was brandishing a knife and that he had refused to drop it and approached officers.
The cartoon characters populating Times Square have formed a group, seeking respect from police officers who seem, to them, to be against them.
Notre Dame, a top college football program known for academic rigor, changed its media day plans at the last minute as it wrestles with allegations that players cheated on class work.
Mr. Iyengar, who practiced his asanas, or postures, well into his 90s, established yoga institutes on six continents.
The president was rejecting a growing chorus of arguments in Washington that the chaos in Iraq should prompt him to reconsider his timetable for withdrawing the last soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.
The differences between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and President Obama have drawn criticism in recent days, as some praise one’s outspokenness and lament another’s caution.
Palestinian militants and Israeli military traded fire for a second day after the collapse of the latest cease-fire and suspension of peace talks in Cairo.
While French police have refused to release his identify, the French news media reported that it was Prince Abdul Aziz, 41, who was ambushed by gunmen in a Hollywood-style robbery.
Humans and dogs fuel exercise very differently. So if you’re taking your dog out for a run, take note.
An inquiry by the attorney general’s office found that minority shoppers were disproportionately followed and, sometimes, detained at Macy’s flagship Herald Square store.
An influx of young people is revitalizing the city’s downtown, and developers are responding by converting obsolete office towers into luxury residences.
The archbishop, a champion of the poor and critic of government repression in El Salvador, was gunned down in 1980.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is emerging more and more as a pivotal leader on the Ukraine conflict as she dances delicately between opposing forces.