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New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.

Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark,...

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects...

Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments.

AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into...

Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order.

In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of...

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.

Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

5 Things to Know about Tax Day

By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to...

Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.

Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office.

Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.

Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.

Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across...

US backs Ukraine military action in east region

The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President...

Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.

Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend four hours a week helping the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, a sentence that imposes few restrictions on his campaigning in the...

Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas...

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the...

Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office...

Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency."

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the...

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by...

Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever...

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.

Native Americans say US violated human rights

A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.

APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims Video included

President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."

Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed' Video included

The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview...

Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings Video included

Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a Justice Department investigation Monday into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.

US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.

2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news media...

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.

Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide...

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future.

Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings Video included

President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans...

Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan's presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote.

Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.

Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what...

Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said...

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political...

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has...

Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country...

GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in...

Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.

Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders.

Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.

In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran's controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw...

No. 2 US diplomat to retire

The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included stints as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, top Middle East hand and leader of a team that...

Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.

Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.

Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women - a leading election-year issue for Democrats.

In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an Iowa audience Friday that his party can and must come together, and he held out his recently passed budget plan as a sign of growing GOP unity.

2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source:...

Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he plans to retire, ending a 35-year career as a moderate Republican from east-central Wisconsin.

Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception

A controversial torture report by the Senate Intelligence Committee paints a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on terror suspects after the Sept....

Major economies express confidence about growth

Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years.

Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 in adjusted income last year, tax returns the White House released Friday show. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent and...

New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.

Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions...

Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the...

Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare."

SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

The Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.

Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, offered new sources of much-needed support Friday for...

African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal

Hundreds of African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.

Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

The death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in an eastern Syrian town has risen 68 killed, with some shot after being captured alive, activists said Friday.

Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.

Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life' Video included

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.

US, China to hold talks on NKorea next week

The U.S. and China will hold talks next week about North Korea, which recently threatened to conduct another nuclear test.

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.

Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dies at 59

Ron Pundak, an Israeli academic and peace activist who was instrumental in initiating peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s, died Friday. He was 59.

Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done...

AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.

Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party.

Congress to Iran: Ambassador's application denied

Congress said no way to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, outraged by the prospect of a member of a group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran stepping on U.S. soil. The...

Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post Video included

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature...

Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat's campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday.

Senate hopeful Brown: Health law erodes freedom

Announcing his campaign to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tweaked the state's "Live Free or Die" motto Thursday to bash both President Barack Obama's health care...

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater...

Bush says education key to civil rights

Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children and that he fears what he calls the 'soft bigotry'...

US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Russia could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine.

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general...

Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

The two-star Air Force general fired last fall as commander of the nuclear missile corps because of alcohol-fueled misbehavior will retire in June at a lower rank, the Air Force said Thursday.

Report: Syria rebel infighting kills 51 fighters

Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria killed more than 50 fighters Thursday, an opposition group said, while government shelling left at least four teenagers dead in a town in the...

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination...

Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid

The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a...

Obama meets with Wendy Davis in Texas

President Barack Obama met briefly Thursday with state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a...

US Chamber of Commerce backs Tillis in NC race

Establishment-minded Republicans and social conservatives alike seem to have settled on a favorite candidate to face Sen. Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Democrat who is among the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election.

Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still...

Pelosi: Race has role in GOP immigration stance

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban

Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review...

Pro-Clinton super PAC raises almost $6M

The super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president said Thursday that it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors.

House panel votes to hold IRS official in contempt

A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

Chairman satisfied with military on Benghazi

The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up Video included

Enrollment for the president's health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the...

Boehner: Lawmaker seen kissing aide faces decision

House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican congressman caught kissing an aide in leaked security footage has a decision to make.

Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse

At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings - among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom - sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia

After days of high-profile, pressure-filled meetings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got to horse around a bit during a short stop in Mongolia on Thursday.

Medical Assn won't stop Medicare doc data release

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to...

India votes in crucial phase of national elections

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections Thursday, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states that are essential to the main opposition Hindu nationalist party's bid to end the...

In Libya, politicians in fear of powerful militias

In a humiliating video, Libya's top politician - the head of parliament - is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his residence and insisting nothing...

Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups

A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

Mexico congressmen charge mayors for federal funds

The mayor of the central Mexico city of Celaya thought he was having a private conversation when he told his staff that congressmen were requiring him to inflate a paving contract by 35 percent in exchange for $12.2...

Clinton: New voter restrictions are a step back

Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a...

AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

Captured on tape kissing another man's wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he's only held since November.

US in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

The Obama administration on Wednesday warned several state legislatures against initiatives that would punish the state-owned French railway company SNCF for carrying out Holocaust-era deportations to Nazi death and labor...

Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap - an issue Democrats are...

Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? Video included

The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort...

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last...

Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled

Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation's electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said...

US officials reject Rubio claim about CIA report

The State Department is seeking the declassification of a 10-month-old letter expressing its concerns about a controversial Senate torture review, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.

Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed...

Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater

A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007.

For Obama, frustration in comparisons to LBJ

Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Lyndon B. Johnson, two Democrats who occupied the Oval Office a half-century apart.

House panel refers ex-IRS official to Justice Dept

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's tea party controversy.

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.

Northwestern appeals NLRB ruling on athletes

Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

Dems seek end to Benghazi probe; GOP presses ahead

House Democrats on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan "witch hunt." Republicans rejected those...

Walker dodges question about lack of degree

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president who lacks a college degree, said Wednesday he would like to complete his course work to get his diploma, but he dodged a question about...

More Clinton White House records to be released

The National Archives plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on April 18, officials say.

Chief describes Boston Marathon lessons learned

It's been almost a year since police in the Boston suburb of Watertown were at the center of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Rep. Moran loses bid to boost lawmakers' pay

A retiring congressman has lost his quixotic bid to give members of Congress $25 a day to help with their living expenses in Washington.

Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars...

Hillary Clinton book to be released June 10

Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book on her time as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be released on June 10, her publisher says.

Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims Video included

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

Kenya deports 82 Somalis in terror crackdown

Kenya deported more than 80 Somali nationals Wednesday as part of an ongoing security crackdown by Kenyan authorities following recent terror attacks, Kenya's internal security minister said.

Afghan official: Vote successful, not fraud free

An Afghan election official said Wednesday that national elections held last weekend were a success in terms of turnout and enthusiasm, but he cautioned that there may have been significant fraud.

Taiwan leader affirms contentious China trade pact

Taiwan's president on Wednesday stuck by a trade pact with China that has sparked mass protests and a three-week occupation of the self-governing island's legislature building by students.

DHS secretary reevaluating deportation priorities

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday he's re-evaluating the Obama administration's deportation priorities to make certain they're focused on national security, public safety and border...

US blacklists Egyptian extremist group

The Obama administration is imposing sanctions on an Egypt-based group that has claimed responsibility for attacks against Egyptian officials, Israeli interests and foreign tourists in Cairo and the Sinai peninsula.

Senate Dems' committee outraises GOP rivals

The campaign committee to elect Democrats to the Senate again outraised its Republican counterpart in March.

Indonesia opposition party leads in early results

Indonesia's biggest opposition party was ahead in early legislative election tallies on Wednesday, giving its star candidate a much-expected boost ahead of this summer's presidential race.

Wednesday deadline in Northwestern athletes case

Northwestern University faces a Wednesday deadline to appeal a ruling by the Chicago-region director of the National Labor Relations Board that its football players are employees of the school and therefore entitled to...

Biden discusses Ukraine with 2 European leaders

Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the crisis in Ukraine with the leaders of Montenegro and Slovakia.

Secret Service agents reassigned after incidents

The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year.

Famous Kennedy name to be on Connecticut ballot

Ted Kennedy Jr. has long had his famous name bandied about as a potential candidate for high political office while he worked for the disabled, campaigned for others and gave a stirring eulogy for his father.

Feinstein asks White House to edit torture report

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee appealed to President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration's decision to task the CIA with editing a torture report harshly critical of the spy agency's...

'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Video included

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages...

US will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

The U.S. will keep its current force of 450 land-based nuclear missiles but remove 50 from their launch silos as part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, the Pentagon...

Clinton praises Pussy Riot as 'strong and brave'

Hillary Clinton is praising Russian punk band Pussy Riot as "strong and brave young women" who "refuse to let their voices be silenced."

Lawmaker Yee pleads not guilty to federal charges

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based...

Many 'Obamacare' critics accepted its subsidies

Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from "Obamacare" even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top...

Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races

Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns.

Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday to make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace...

Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.

Biden to attend anniversary of Boston bombing

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service next week in Boston marking the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real

When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm...

Federal lawmakers rarely hiring veterans

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff.

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