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Analysis: GOP avoids past mistakes in Senate picks

WASHINGTON - Tuesday's elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

May 21, 2014 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Nation


Crews make gains on worst of San Diego fires

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Firefighters gained ground overnight on a string of major San Diego-area wildfires - except for one in the city of San Marcos, where the 700-acre blaze burned out of control Thursday as another scorcher day dawned.

May 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Secret lists, deaths: Claims roil Veterans Affairs

PHOENIX - A team of federal investigators swept into Phoenix last month amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital.

May 14, 2014 | By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press | Nation


Gay couples marry in Arkansas; most clerks sit out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dozens of gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state's 10-year-old same-sex marriage ban, but only at a handful of courthouses as an overwhelming majority of county clerks in this part of the Bible Belt said they first wanted the state Supreme Court to weigh in.

May 12, 2014 | By CHRISTINA HUYNH Associated Press | Nation


Scientists still working to ID victims from 9/11

NEW YORK - Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

May 09, 2014 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Nation


HHS nominee faces GOP questions on health law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary faced pointed questioning Thursday from Republican senators over the president's health law but also won GOP praise in her first appearance before a Senate committee.

May 08, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


Primary featuring Clay Aiken too close to call

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

May 07, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


House Democrats protest plan for Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON - House Democrats insist that a special select committee on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, raising doubts about their participation in the election-year investigation of the Obama administration.

May 07, 2014 | By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | Nation


American economy bounces back from brutal winter

WASHINGTON -The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market's gains could endure.

May 02, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writers | Nation


A fading middle-class perk: lower mortgage rates

WASHINGTON - For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.

April 25, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

April 23, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press | Nation


Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states.

April 22, 2014 | By SAM HANANEL Associated Press | Nation


Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON - A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

April 22, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

LOS ANGELES - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer | Nation


Study: Fathers as likely as mothers to kill their infants

The discovery of seven babies found dead and concealed in the garage of a Utah home has Americans struggling to comprehend what would drive a mother to allegedly kill her newborn babies.

April 17, 2014 | By MARJORIE CORTEZ Deseret News National | Nation


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Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 01, 2014 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Nation


Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Nation


Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

November 25, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Nation


Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

WASHINGTON - In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration - in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


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