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  • Citing shutdown, IRS says tax season will start late

    9 months, 11 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

    9 months, 12 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

    9 months, 17 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

    9 months, 22 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

    9 months, 23 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

    9 months, 25 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

    9 months, 26 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

    9 months, 27 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

    9 months, 28 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. ...

  • Court: Is anonymous tip enough for traffic stop?

    10 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will weigh whether a motorist's anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving. The issue has divided state and ...

  • Cruz pledges salary to charity if gov't shuts down

    10 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) Sen. Ted Cruz is pledging to donate his salary to charity during any federal government shutdown.Cruz announced his pledge in a statement Monday evening. On Friday, Cruz had told an Austin conference that he had not planned to forego his ...

  • GOP demands lawmakers pay more for health care

    10 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — About 18,000 people — including members of Congress, all their aides, presidential appointees and even the president and vice president — would lose the employer-provided health insurance under the latest Republican condition for averting a government shutdown. The ...

  • Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts

    10 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) UNITED NATIONS — Syria's foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members. Walid al-Moallem, addressing ...

  • Shutdown threat puts heat on House GOP

    10 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under Tea Party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part ...

  • As launch date nears, premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

    10 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like ...

  • At UN, Obama welcomes signs of Iranian moderation

    10 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government's pursuit of a "more moderate course," saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. He ...

  • Navy Yard shooter got honorable discharge

    10 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) U.S. officials say the former Navy reservist who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had a string of misconduct problems during his nearly three years in the military, but he received an honorable discharge.The officials say that ...

  • Man arrested after throwing firecrackers at White House

    10 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Secret Service has arrested a man for tossing firecrackers over a fence at the White House. A federal law enforcement official says the shoeless man was immediately arrested Monday. An Associated Press photographer heard what sounded like ...

  • Putin says American exceptionalism is 'dangerous'

    10 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin is no fan of the idea of American exceptionalism. He suggests that God isn't either. "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote in an ...

  • Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

    10 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago. While Obama made no direct mention of ...

  • Harry Reid on Syria: 'Clear violation of human decency'

    10 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the Syrian government for using deadly chemical weapons in what he calls a "clear violation of human decency."In remarks in the Senate on Monday, the Democratic leader said failure of the United States ...

  • Report: NSA has cracked most online encryption

    10 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports ...

  • Federal worker: Leak about Obama's aunt not political

    10 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A Homeland Security Department employee has acknowledged that he disclosed to the Associated Press days before the 2008 election that President Barack Obama's aunt was living in the U.S. illegally and said he did not reveal the information ...

  • Senate resolution sets 90-day deadline, bars U.S. ground forces in Syria

    11 months ago

    (AP) The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign ...

  • Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

    11 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without broad international support or in direct defense of Americans. Not since 1983, when President Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of ...

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