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Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race

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A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican appeared to be coming up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan took a primary lead in the fight to be the GOP candidate to take on U.S. Sen.... More>>

Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream. More>>

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

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Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story. More>>

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants... More>>

Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

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What had been shaping up as one of this year's most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his... More>>

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being." More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

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More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

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Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime... More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

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At age 15, Paul Ryan was already feeling isolated from his father, who had grown distant from his family and leaned heavily on whiskey. Then one morning the future congressman found his alcoholic father in bed, dead from... More>>

Many communities still mistrust police

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For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri. After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson... More>>

Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

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The last time voters in New Hampshire saw Rick Perry, the Texas governor's 2012 presidential bid had fallen apart after a series of gaffes punctuated by a much-maligned stumble during a televised debate. More>>

Government wants to make cars talk to each other

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The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid... More>>

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

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Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed... More>>

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role Video included

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When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in... More>>

Rove-backed Crossroads adds Colo. to fall TV plan

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The Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the states where it will be advertising this fall, booking more than $6 million in television time and taking its post-Labor Day media... More>>

US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

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The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it. More>>

Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

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Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday. More>>

Emanuel's critics scurry to find 2015 challenger

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Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise - some might say a threat - to tackle Chicago's many problems with the same... More>>

Senate Democrats have $8M July, have $32M banked

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Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its GOP rival again last month and now has $32 million saved to help endangered incumbents defend their narrow majority, committee officials said Tuesday. More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

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After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

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For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed - a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans. More>>

House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

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House Democrats' uphill effort to oust Republicans from their majority is sitting on a $56.7 million pile of cash heading into what is shaping up to be a costly fall election season, campaign officials said Monday.... More>>

FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat. More>>

Obama: Time to review local police militarization Video included

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Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with... More>>

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

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President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the... More>>

Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

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President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's... More>>

Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in... More>>

Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife's erratic behavior, causing turmoil throughout the executive staff and nearly prompting a mass resignation among workers in the governor's mansion, a defense... More>>

Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

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Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they don't know when he will be booked on abuse of power charges - but that it won't happen in secret. More>>

Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri Video included

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President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager. More>>

Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

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Vice President Joe Biden gave a hearty welcome Monday to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him. More>>

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

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Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. More>>

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

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A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. More>>

Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

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The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday. More>>

No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

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A judge has decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, meaning the Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run... More>>

Obama on family vacation with just part of family

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President Barack Obama started his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard with just one of his daughters, and he may leave with just one of his daughters when the two-week getaway ends next weekend.... More>>

Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

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President Barack Obama is getting off the island. More>>

Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but... More>>

New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers Video included

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The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. More>>

US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

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U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam. More>>

Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

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Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring... More>>

Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

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As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House... More>>

Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

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Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96. More>>

Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

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House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican... More>>

GOP Senate campaign arm has more than $26M saved

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Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $5 million last month and has almost $27 million ready to help candidates, committee aides said Saturday. More>>

Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

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David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas. More>>

Defiant Perry defends veto that led to indictment

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors. More>>

Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters. More>>

John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace... More>>

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be... More>>

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

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The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian... More>>

Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War... More>>

Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he's kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential... More>>

Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

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Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan's capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government... More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. More>>

Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. More>>

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls. More>>

Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

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President Barack Obama's top-ranking adviser on his vacation to Martha's Vineyard is a former Illinois political operative who drove him around the state during his Senate campaign a decade ago and then was his... More>>

Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Senate race

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller in this state's GOP U.S. Senate primary on Friday, one day after Miller referred to Palin as a "major inspiration" in a debate. More>>

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016... More>>

Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

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One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster has taken center stage in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race. More>>

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for... More>>

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria _ what's next

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be... More>>

US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

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U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group. More>>

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

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When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. More>>

Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

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Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state. More>>

Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu "guaranteed" Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday that no Russian troops are involved in the transport of humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said. More>>

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

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No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months. More>>

War college begins review into senator's work

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A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete. More>>

Ex-Eagle Cobb running for Congress in New Jersey

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Garry Cobb spent more than a decade as a pro football player tackling opponents on the field. Now, the former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker-turned-radio-personality is taking on one of New Jersey's most powerful... More>>

Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

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Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline. More>>

Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

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With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants. More>>

Obama to visit Estonia in September

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President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia in September as part of U.S. efforts to reaffirm security commitments to Baltic nations following Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine. More>>

Obama steps into another racially charged incident

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

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By The Associated Press President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot over the weekend by a white... More>>

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

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Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that... More>>

Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee

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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said he will support the eventual GOP nominee if he doesn't win Tuesday's primary. More>>

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea Video included

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Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of... More>>

Challengers line up Wyoming's US senator

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Sen. Mike Enzi said his son didn't benefit from the senator's position in landing a job with a company that received almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a carbon-capture project that... More>>

Battle for obscure Nevada office all about 2016

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Like most lieutenant governors, the No. 2 executive in Nevada doesn't have much to do most days. So why are Harry Reid and Brian Sandoval so involved in the battle over the office this fall? More>>

Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

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The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. More>>

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely Video included

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President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands... More>>

US commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

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The Obama administration commended Iraq's incumbent prime minister Thursday for stepping aside, calling it a milestone that sets the stage for a peaceful transition of power that could unite Iraqis against the security... More>>

Holder promises Brown family a full investigation

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised the family of an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Missouri a full, independent civil rights investigation of his death. More>>

Chuck Todd taking over NBC's 'Meet the Press'

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Embattled "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory is leaving NBC News and Chuck Todd will replace him on the venerable Sunday morning public affairs program, NBC said Thursday. More>>

Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

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The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of... More>>

Report: FBI improves national security letter use

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The Justice Department's watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better. More>>

VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

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The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to... More>>

Prosecutors rest in ex-Virginia governor case

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Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday by giving jurors their first in-person look at the designer clothes and other gifts... More>>

For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

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The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government... More>>

Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

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Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely... More>>

Media groups present petition supporting reporter

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Organizations that advocate for news media have presented the Justice Department with a petition in support of New York Times reporter James Risen. More>>

Obama confers on Ebola with African leaders

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President Barack Obama has told the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone that the U.S. is committed to working to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More>>

Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain Video included

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue. More>>

It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

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It's a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would. More>>

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

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The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,... More>>

Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

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In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered together on... More>>

US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt. Video included

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Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night. More>>

US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape Video included

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Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to... More>>

VA referrals to private doctors on rise

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over lengthy patient waiting times at many VA hospitals and clinics and falsified appointment... More>>

Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

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In a story Aug. 11 about U.S. Postal Service Revenues, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the agency blamed its $2 billion loss for the quarter ending June 30 on increases in compensation and benefit costs.... More>>

Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

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The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a... More>>

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

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The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes. More>>

Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

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The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a... More>>

US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

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U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq. More>>

Obama speaks to Israel's Netanyahu amid cease-fire

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President Barack Obama has consulted by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip nears expiration. More>>

Senate Dems' campaign arms starts $9M ad buy in NC

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Senate Democrats unleashed on Wednesday the first piece of a $9.1 million North Carolina advertising blitz that criticizes GOP hopeful Thom Tillis for making deep cuts to education spending and providing tax breaks for his... More>>

American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

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The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea has visited a detained American at a labor camp. More>>

House candidate's first vote is one for himself

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The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House. More>>

Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year. More>>

Obama takes step to improve government technology

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The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. More>>

All Sept. 11 suspects back on same trial schedule

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A military judge put a Guantanamo prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 attacks back on the same trial schedule as his four co-defendants Wednesday after hearing arguments about issues that have bogged down the case for months. More>>

Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says he is not ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016. More>>

Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

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Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist... More>>

Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

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Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said. More>>

Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

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More than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 were released strictly for budget reasons by immigration agency officials who kept the homeland security secretary in the dark about the plan, according to a federal... More>>

US sees hope for easing of Ukraine tensions

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The Obama administration is cautiously hopeful diplomacy can ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Moscow's insistence on sending humanitarian aid to pro-Russian areas of eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of... More>>

Insurer WellPoint plans name change to Anthem

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WellPoint, one of the biggest players on the health care overhaul's new insurance exchanges, wants to switch its corporate name back to the Anthem brand its customers know by the end of this year. More>>

Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans Video included

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Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. More>>

Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation's leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. More>>

US sends 130 more troops to Iraq Video included

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Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar... More>>

Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time Video included

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Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. More>>

US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government Video included

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders on Tuesday to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer significant additional aid in the fight against Islamic... More>>

Obama administration eases part of lobbying rule

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The Obama administration is easing a key part of its rule restricting lobbyists from serving in government. More>>

AP exam grants: how much each state is receiving

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By The Associated Press A look at how much each state received in Education Department grants to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. The grant covers advanced placement... More>>

Watchdog: Officials didn't OK immigrant releases

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The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they were... More>>

States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

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The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. More>>

Clinton making amends with Obama after critique

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After distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her ex-boss Tuesday to try to smooth things over and planned on "hugging it out" in... More>>

Obama: Teen's death has prompted 'strong passions'

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President Barack Obama says that while the shooting death of a Missouri teenager has prompted "strong passions," people should remember Michael Brown through "reflection and understanding." More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The... More>>

Bitterness defining Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

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Needing to net six seats in November to regain control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans ought to be able to count on reliably conservative Alaska as something of a gimme. More>>

House campaign groups start $75M ad push

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Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties' House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November's elections. More>>

Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

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Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information... More>>

Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

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The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada. More>>

States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

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The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. More>>

Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

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Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president and his nominee to take over as prime minister over the objections of the incumbent. More>>

Kenyan elephant activist wants an ivory arrest

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To mark World Elephant Day, a conservationist trying to stem the slaughter of Africa's elephants waited nearly eight hours to meet with Kenya's top police official on Tuesday in order to hand him roughly 400... More>>

US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

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U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq. More>>

Swazi PM reportedly threatens activists

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Two activists from Swaziland said Tuesday they are worried about their safety after the Swazi prime minister reportedly said they should be strangled for traveling to Washington during a recent summit of African leaders. More>>

John Kerry stayed at US-blacklisted Myanmar hotel

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The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry did not break any rules when he stayed in a glitzy hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted because of ties to Myanmar's former military regime. More>>

DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

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The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the... More>>

US, Australia sign military cooperation pact

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The U.S. and Australia signed an agreement Tuesday that will allow the two countries' militaries to train and work better together as U.S. Marines and airmen deploy in and out of the country. More>>

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug Video included

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An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next? More>>

Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

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Robert Gavel was too busy Monday helping a crew repair a home savaged by Tropical Storm Iselle to consider that his hard-hit community on Hawaii's Big Island would likely decide who would become the state's next... More>>

US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq Video included

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The U.S. is delivering food, water and aid teams to try to help tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in Iraq in the fresh wave of violence in the country's north. More>>

Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

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President Obama called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most." More>>

Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

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Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations. More>>

Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward' Video included

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President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government. More>>

US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

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U.S. fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on four checkpoints manned by Sunni militants in northwest Iraq near where thousands of minority Yazidi refugees have been trapped on a mountain to escape violence. More>>

Clinton distinguishes herself from Obama policies

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Laying out a foreign policy vision ahead of a possible run for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton made her most aggressive effort yet to distinguish herself from her former boss, President Barack Obama, rebuking his... More>>

Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review Video included

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Attorney General Eric Holder says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb deserves a full review. More>>

Correction: GOP-2016-Social Conservatives story

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In a story Aug. 9 about potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates attending a conservative summit in Iowa, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Ted Cruz said the country should "appeal Obamacare." Cruz said... More>>

AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA

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As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Islamic militants crush tribal uprising in Syria

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Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villages near the border with Iraq, killing and beheading opponents along the way, activists... More>>

Obama directs funds to fight terrorists in Africa

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President Barack Obama on Monday directed $10 million in emergency Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northwest Africa. More>>

Judge weighs recombining trials for 9/11 suspects

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A pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11 terror attacks is in recess until mid-week while the military judge decides whether to reconsider his decision to try one of the men separate from the other four. More>>

Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

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Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary. More>>

Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments

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As one of the nation's most competitive governor's races picks up, voters in Illinois are hearing a whole lot about a British territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean. More>>

Kerry urges calm in Iraq

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants. More>>

Hagel: US, India must improve defense cooperation

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The United States and India must seize opportunities to collaborate more on defense development and not let government red tape and other problems stymie progress between the two nations, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... More>>

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails,... More>>

Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

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Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary. More>>

State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president Video included

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The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution. More>>

Hawaii Democrats seek unity after dramatic races

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Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to set aside their differences and coalesce against the Republican candidates they will face in November. More>>

Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

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President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to... More>>

Erdogan wins Turkey's 1st direct presidential vote

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power grab as he embarks on another five years at the... More>>

Kerry tries to ease Asian territorial disputes

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried Sunday to calm the brewing storm over territorial disputes in Asian waters, appealing to China and its neighbors to settle their differences and ease tensions. More>>

Prime chance in Iowa for potential 2016 candidates

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The lineup of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates courting Iowa conservatives Saturday agreed on two things: America is on the wrong track and they could move it in the right direction. More>>

US military conducts more airstrikes in Iraq

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The Defense Department says a new round of airstrikes by U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq. More>>

CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented Video included

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The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. More>>

VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore trust in... More>>

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  • Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:54:11 GMT
    A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.More >>
    A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican appeared to be coming up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan took a primary lead in the fight to be the GOP candidate to take on U.S. Sen....More >>
  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:44:22 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...More >>
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people...More >>
  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:35:59 GMT
    The National Guard has arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters have again clashed with police in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.More >>
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes...More >>
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