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At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

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Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration... More>>

FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

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The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. More>>

Congress votes final passage on highway bill

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Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections. More>>

Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

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Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking... More>>

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

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The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. More>>

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

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The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million. More>>

Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

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Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in... More>>

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

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Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. More>>

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

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Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink. More>>

CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

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The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist... More>>

Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

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A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote. More>>

Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

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Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the... More>>

More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

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More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied to have their prison sentences cut short in the months since the Justice Department rolled out a new clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press. More>>

Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

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The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. More>>

Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

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Promising to visit New Hampshire often, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended his economic record against Democratic attacks while courting voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the... More>>

Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

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Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high"... More>>

Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

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Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. More>>

Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro

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There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign. More>>

Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

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Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row. More>>

$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

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Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners. More>>

Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

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CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report. More>>

Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

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President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly... More>>

First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

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Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for... More>>

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. More>>

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

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The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally... More>>

Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

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President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas. More>>

GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

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Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have." More>>

Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

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Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. More>>

White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

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The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." More>>

White House decries House vote on deportations

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The White House denounced on Thursday an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are living in the country illegally. More>>

Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

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Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he... More>>

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

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Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid... More>>

Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful. More>>

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward... More>>

GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

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Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. More>>

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

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Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. More>>

Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

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Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy. More>>

Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

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Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working... More>>

House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

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House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending... More>>

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

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The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting... More>>

House approves VA health care overhaul

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The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. More>>

Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

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Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus. More>>

Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

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President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. More>>

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

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A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other... More>>

Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

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Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of... More>>

Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

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Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians. More>>

Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

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The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

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Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming. More>>

Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

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A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and... More>>

More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

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Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials. More>>

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

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Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. More>>

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

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Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence... More>>

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

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The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates... More>>

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

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The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to... More>>

US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

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Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests. More>>

GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

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Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. More>>

First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

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Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. More>>

Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

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The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia. More>>

Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

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By The Associated Press Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed... More>>

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

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A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois... More>>

Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

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The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a... More>>

G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

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The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. More>>

Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

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Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing... More>>

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

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University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. More>>

Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general

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Two former Utah attorneys general made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts. More>>

US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

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The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba. More>>

Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

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A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia. More>>

Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

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A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. More>>

Trial turns to trips for former Va. first family

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The former assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife took the stand Wednesday to talk about trips and checks for the former first family. More>>

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

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Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to... More>>

WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

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WellPoint's second-quarter profit fell 8.6 percent as expenses tied to changes in the nation's health care laws climbed. More>>

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations. More>>

Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

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Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy"... More>>

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

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The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be... More>>

Senate tires of patching highway programs

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The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have... More>>

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

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The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to... More>>

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Video included

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Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen... More>>

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

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China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the... More>>

Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

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President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before... More>>

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

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The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election... More>>

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say... More>>

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

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The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the... More>>

3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation's capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday. More>>

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

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Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil... More>>

Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

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The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election. More>>

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty Video included

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The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy... More>>

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health... More>>

Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

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Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the... More>>

Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

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The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to... More>>

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next... More>>

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's... More>>

House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

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A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. More>>

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong... More>>

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

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House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would... More>>

Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

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Rejecting the latest effort to sidetrack "Obamacare," a federal appeals court turned away a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

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In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races. More>>

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

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House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus. More>>

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. More>>

Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

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North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S.... More>>

Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia Video included

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President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday. More>>

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

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The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional... More>>

Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

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A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate. More>>

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime... More>>

US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight Video included

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The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its... More>>

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

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The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending... More>>

Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

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House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. More>>

US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

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The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans. More>>

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

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The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a... More>>

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

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Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home. More>>

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

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Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. More>>

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for... More>>

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty Video included

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In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with... More>>

FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

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The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were... More>>

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

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Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government... More>>

White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions Video included

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The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. More>>

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

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Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. More>>

US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

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The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem. More>>

Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in... More>>

Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

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A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as visitors from India when they testified at a congressional hearing. More>>

House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

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The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency. More>>

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

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President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging... More>>

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. More>>

Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

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House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

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In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and... More>>

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

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The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a... More>>

Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. More>>

Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

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Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down. More>>

House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

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In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and... More>>

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

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More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition... More>>

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

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An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb. More>>

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

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If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. More>>

Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

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The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. More>>

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Video included

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. More>>

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

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Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and... More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: More>>

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Video included

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the... More>>

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up... More>>

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria Video included

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An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. More>>

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

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Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. More>>

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

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Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he... More>>

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

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President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week. More>>

Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

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A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday. More>>

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

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A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights. More>>

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

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Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive -... More>>

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six... More>>

US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

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A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in... More>>

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. More>>

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said... More>>

Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

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President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic. More>>

Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

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A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region. More>>

Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

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Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. More>>

Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

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With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border... More>>

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

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The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal... More>>

2 guns found at hospital shooting suspect's home

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Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back. More>>

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

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The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. More>>

Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption... More>>

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

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Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

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A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't... More>>

AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on... More>>

Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

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A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly... More>>

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

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Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. More>>

Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

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A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back,... More>>

House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

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A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. More>>

House votes to boost child tax credit for some

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More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income... More>>

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. More>>

Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

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This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. More>>

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

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NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. More>>

Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

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Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. More>>

US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

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The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism. More>>

Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

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Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation. More>>

Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

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A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart. More>>

Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

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Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held. More>>

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