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  • Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop

    11 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region. Arriving in Tokyo late Monday evening, Biden was met ...

  • Obama discusses Iran deal with Saudi Arabia's king

    11 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) on the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program. The White House says the leaders agreed Wednesday to consult regularly on efforts by the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia ...

  • Anti-deportation protester interrupts Obama speech

    11 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — An anti-deportation protester confronted President Barack Obama, saying his family has been separated for 19 years and urged him to use executive powers to help immigrants living illegally in the United States. The young man was standing ...

  • Energy Dept. loses $139 million on loan to electric car maker

    11 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy. ...

  • Obama ties Gettysburg legacy to modern rights

    11 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is connecting the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to gay rights, women's rights and modern technological transformations. On the 150 anniversary of Lincoln's speech, Obama says Lincoln understood that individual efforts aren't ...

  • Holder promises decision soon in Trayvon Martin case

    11 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will soon announce a decision on whether to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida ...

  • Senate paralyzed on what to do about Guantanamo

    11 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Senators on Tuesday illustrated their paralysis over what to do with the Guantanamo Bay prison, voting down dueling bills to loosen and tighten restrictions on transferring detainees. The result fails to significantly advance President Barack Obama's long-standing goal ...

  • Health website to remain a work in progress into December

    11 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) MIAMI — The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the ...

  • Christie predicts health care overhaul won't succeed

    11 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is a "failure" and predicts it "will not succeed — it just won't." The potential 2016 presidential candidate says the leaders of both political parties, including ...

  • JPMorgan, government reach deal in $13B settlement

    11 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have reached agreement on all issues in a $13 billion settlement of a civil inquiry into the company's sales of low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value in the financial ...

  • Boehner: Only health care fix is to scrap law

    11 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) House Speaker John Boehner says the only way to fix President Barack Obama's health care law is to scrap it entirely.Boehner says the law has forced health coverage to be canceled and the costs of premiums to rise. He says ...

  • Secret Service supervisors pulled from Obama detail after misconduct allegations

    11 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Two U.S. Secret Service officers are under investigation and have been removed from President Barack Obama's detail following allegations of misconduct, according to The Washington Post. The allegations do not appear to involve a direct breach of Obama's ...

  • Photos: Salute to the Troops and Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band at Fremont Street Experience

    11 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) As Veterans Day is commemorated today across the USA, Fremont Street Experience also appropriately celebrated and honored the men and women who serve in the military with a Salute to the Troops gathering and a concert by actor and musician ...

  • Obama promises to 'smooth out' health care

    11 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) President Barack Obama is expressing sympathy for Americans who are getting kicked off their health insurance plans, but says they were often getting "a very bad deal."Obama says his health care plan is making the insurance market better for everyone, ...

  • Obama: I wouldn't have run again without Biden

    11 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) President Barack Obama says if advisers had suggested to him replacing Vice President Joe Biden, he would have told them there's no way he's running for re-election without Biden.The book "Double Down _ Game Change 2012" claims high-ranking Obama aides ...

  • Democrat Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

    11 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio was elected New York City's first Democratic mayor in two decades Tuesday, running on an unabashedly liberal, tax-the-rich platform that contrasted sharply with billionaire Michael Bloomberg's record during 12 years in office. With 21 ...

  • McAuliffe elected governor of Va. over Cuccinelli

    11 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia's next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after pledging to expand the state's Medicaid rolls and portraying his rival as someone who would turn back years of progress. Turnout for ...

  • TSA finds guns on hundreds of passengers each year

    12 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Transportation Security Administration officers don't carry guns, but airline passengers do. Nearly every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, TSA officers find all manner of guns on passengers or in their carry bags, pocketbooks and briefcases as ...

  • Ex-GOP Florida Gov. Crist to seek same post as Democrat

    12 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Republican governor-turned Democrat Charlie Crist took the first step Friday toward attempting to reclaim his old job with a new party, paving the way for a bitter contest that will be one of the most watched ...

  • Homeland Security employees abusing overtime allowances

    12 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Employees from six Homeland Security Department offices have abused an overtime program and cost the government about $8.7 million a year, according an Office of Special Counsel letter and report sent Thursday to the president and Congress. Special ...

  • White House grants extension on health law sign-up

    1 year ago

    (AP) With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law. The move had been ...

  • Coast Guard seizes journalist's records in search

    1 year ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A Coast Guard investigator accompanying Maryland State Police to serve a search warrant in a weapons investigation at a Maryland home seized unrelated government documents and notes from a journalist who was the suspect's wife. The Coast Guard ...

  • Pirates kidnap US mariners from commercial ship

    1 year ago

    (AP) A U.S. defense official says pirates have attacked a commercial ship near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two U.S. mariners.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the information. The official said ...

  • Obama pushing Congress to act on immigration

    1 year ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is using the bully pulpit to insist that Congress pass legislation overhauling the nation's immigration system. Obama will issue that call to Congress when he speaks Thursday in the East Room of the White House. ...

  • White House aide fired over Twitter account

    1 year ago

    (AP) A White House national security official has been fired for running a Twitter account that was harshly critical of the Obama administration.Jofi Joseph served as non-proliferation director at the National Security Council and was involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran. ...

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