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  • Pirates kidnap US mariners from commercial ship

    1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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?

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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'

    1 year, 3 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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'

    1 year, 3 months 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 ...

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