Police have confirmed that five people have been killed and about 20 have been injured in a tour bus crash on icy Oregon interstate highway.
A senior aide told Reuters that US Senate leaders still have no 'fiscal cliff' deal and with time running out, it is uncertain if they will get one.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey with 400 American staff to operate them, his spokesman George Little told reporters, before Panetta landed on an unannounced visit to Turkey.
"The purpose of this deployment is to signal very strongly that the United States, working closely with our NATO allies, is going to support the defence of Turkey, especially with potential threats emanating from Syria," the spokesman said.
Iran has captured a US drone gathering intelligence over its airspace, Reuters has reported, citing the country's Fars News Agency.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said sealing a deal to tackle America's budget crisis is critical to its global leadership and national security.
Speaking in Singapore, as part of a tour of Asia and Australia, she said an agreement would bolster efforts to project US economic power around the world.
When she was in Asia last year, the region's leaders asked her whether the US Congress would allow the United States to default on its debt.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi will visit the United States today for the first time since his election to power in June.
The visit is overshadowed by the recent events in the Middle east when American missions in Egypt, Yemen and Libya were attacked by angry protesters.
US Forces in Afghanistan have said they have stopped training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.
The ALP is a militia force, established two years ago by US troops, in villages where the Afghan police force - a separate body trained by NATO - is not strong. The ALP has been accused of abuse and corruption.
Shootings have killed 45 NATO-led troops so far in 2012, 15 in August alone, this is inspite of the coalition trying to stop them by making foreign soldiers carry loaded weapons at all times.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned Syria's shooting down of a Turkish military jet, calling it a "brazen and unacceptable act"
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia's stance on the conflict in Syria was seen as supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
I repeat the appeal that I have made to Russia because their position of claiming not to take a position is certainly viewed in the Security Council, in Damascus and elsewhere, as a position supporting the continuity of the Assad regime.
And if Russia is prepared, as President Putin's remarks seem to suggest, to work with the international community to come together to plan a political transition, we will certainly be ready to co-operate.
US government geologists have reported that the number of earthquakes in the central United States rose "spectacularly" near where oil and gas drillers fracked.
The average number of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in the US mid-continent - an area that includes Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas - increased to six times the 20th century average last year, scientists at the US Geological Survey said in an abstract of their research.