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  • Boehner: Only health care fix is to scrap law

    5 months, 5 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

    5 months, 5 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

    5 months, 8 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

    5 months, 11 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

    5 months, 11 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

    5 months, 13 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

    5 months, 13 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

    5 months, 17 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

    5 months, 17 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

    5 months, 18 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

    5 months, 21 days 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

    5 months, 24 days 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

    5 months, 26 days 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

    5 months, 26 days 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

    5 months, 27 days 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. ...

  • Obama appeals to allies to stick with health law

    5 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama's health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. The ...

  • Citing shutdown, IRS says tax season will start late

    5 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Here's more fallout from the government's partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year. The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday it will delay the start of ...

  • Obama calls French president who is angered by U.S. spying

    5 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called French President Francois Hollande on Monday to discuss France's anger over reported aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency. The call came after a French newspaper said the NSA swept up 70.3 million ...

  • House worker with crazed look yells during vote, escorted away

    6 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a longtime House stenographer has been removed from the chamber during a vote after she began shouting. The woman was yelling from the rostrum Wednesday just below where the House ...

  • Air Force fires general in charge of nuclear missiles

    6 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Air Force fired the general in charge of its nuclear missiles on Friday, just two days after a Navy admiral with top nuclear weapons responsibilities was sacked. Both men are caught up in investigations of alleged personal ...

  • Feds to let states pay to open parks

    6 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority ...

  • Poll: No heroes in shutdown, GOP gets most blame

    6 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one ...

  • FAA brings back some workers as shutdown drags on

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) Federal Aviation Administration officials say 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work this week despite no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.The recalled workers include about 600 inspectors and other safety ...

  • Government's work stacking up a week into shutdown

    6 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of ...

  • Navy SEALs raid Somali town, looking for mall attack suspect

    6 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a pre-dawn raid Saturday on a coastal town in southern Somalia looking for a specific al-Qaida suspect linked to the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target, a U.S. ...

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