US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack

An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S.

Photos: Raging fire in Manhattan

Orange flames and black smoke billowed from a five-story building near Second Avenue and Seventh Street in NYC.

Senate up next after House passes bold conservative budget

The Senate is up next after House Republicans pushed through a boldly conservative budget eliminating deficits over the next decade by cutting deeply into Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, and repealing the president’s health care law.