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Obama seeks ‘balanced way’ to budget fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect that looming, drastic across-the-board budget cuts will have on the middle class, his new chief of staff said Sunday. Congressional Republicans predicted the cuts would start as scheduled next month and blamed Obama not only for doing little to stop them but for the idea itself.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


White House calls draft plan a backup

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Barack Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system and urged the administration to hold off while lawmakers work on a bipartisan measure.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with slapping toddler may be out job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight appears to be out of a job.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Weird news

• BRITISH TEEN SURVIVES 3 DAYS LOST IN OUTBACK: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A British teenage backpacker drank contact lens fluid and his own urine to survive three days lost in Australian Outback scrubland in oppressive summer heat, his mother said Saturday.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Mom's stripping disrupts NY school assembly

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a mother who got on stage and started to strip during an upstate New York school assembly is facing child endangerment and lewdness charges.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

THAI COUPLE SETS NEW RECORD FOR LONGEST KISS: PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) - For the second time in three years, a Thai couple has set a new record for the longest kiss, locking their lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds in a Valentine's Day "kissathon."

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Papal conclave largely European club

ROME (AP) - The face of the Roman Catholic Church has changed profoundly in Pope Benedict XVI's lifetime. Congregations in the West are smaller and older, while those in Africa, Latin America and pockets of Asia are booming, bringing youth and energy to the Catholic world.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Space rocks hours apart underscore danger

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn't much the world's scientists and generals can do about it.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Talking bird report led to arrest of kidnapper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 19-year-old daycare worker was formally charged Friday in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school last month, an arrest aided by the little girl's memory of a talking bird in the home where she was taken, authorities said.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Delay gives foes time to hone attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weeklong Senate recess gives outside interest groups opposed to Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary more time to sharpen their attack against President Barack Obama's choice. And they're not wasting any of it, promising to redouble their efforts to scour Hagel's record and to pressure senators to vote against him.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


What happed to $100M spent on Job Corps?

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr., wife agree to plead guilty to fund misuse

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio mom accused in teen fight defends her actions

CINCINNATI (AP) - A woman accused of helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenage girl at a high school is countering a police department's version of the fight and says she and her daughter are the ones who were attacked.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Las Vegas amps up gun promotions

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One Las Vegas shooting range was selling "take a shot at love" packages that include 50 submachine gun rounds. Another offered wedding packages in which the bride and groom can pose with Uzis and ammunition belts. And a third invited lovebirds to renew their vows and shoot a paper cutout zombie in the face.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


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Harley throttles into electric market with its LiveWire

PRINCETOWN, N.Y. (AP) - When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and husband Curt hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine signs historic EU pact, snubbing Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) - Over Russia's objections, Ukraine's new president on Friday signed a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the very agreement that triggered the bloodshed and political convulsions of the past seven months.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Nigerian intelligence: We warned malls

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people this week.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


FAA, developers clash over tall buildings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country - a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers, local officials and members of Congress who say it will hurt property values.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on big sodas canned in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - Big sodas can stay on the menu in the Big Apple after New York state's highest court refused Thursday to reinstate the city's first-of-its-kind size limit on sugary drinks. But city officials suggested they might be willing to revisit the supersize-soda ban.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


MEDAL OF HONOR

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles insisted Thursday that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

DENVER (AP) - When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court's decision in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Pot advocates deliver petitions for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 - far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) - Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sudanese Christian woman freed again

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Cameron isolated in EU leader search

BRUSSELS (AP) - Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have profound consequences.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


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