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  • Obama to focus on civil rights struggles past and present

    18 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation's first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of ...

  • US drone kills 2 suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen

    18 minutes ago

    (AP) SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tribesmen and witnesses say a US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, say the suspected militants were traveling in a car ...

  • Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction

    21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn't finish their work last year and it's showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute ...

  • Justices hear challenge to independent electoral map drawers

    23 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from Arizona Republicans who want to take away a voter-approved commission's power to draw the state's congressional district boundaries. The case before the court Monday considers whether voters can cut ...

  • Florida's Rubio close to decision about presidential run

    25 minutes ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president. Yet he admits it sure does look like he will seek the White House in 2016. In a weekend interview with The Associated Press, ...

  • Saunders ponders whether NBA's All-Star break is too long

    25 minutes ago

    (AP) In a season full of injuries, many hoped that the new, longer All-Star break would help NBA players catch their breath and recover after a grueling first 3 1/2 months. Commissioner Adam Silver extended the break at the players' behest, ...

  • Homeland Security funding deal elusive

    26 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. But Senate Democrats are ...

  • At 27-3, Florida State looking like postseason threat

    27 minutes ago

    (AP) CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The seats at Florida State's home arena are now the same color, no longer the hideous palette that made Sue Semrau cringe for 17 years. "Man, it looks great," Semrau said. The same can be ...

  • Johnson shows he's still the man to beat with Atlanta win

    28 minutes ago

    (AP) HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — One by one, Jimmie Johnson picked off all the drivers ahead of him. By the end, he was the guy everyone was chasing. Good luck with that. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup is already taking aim ...

  • Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after

    29 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen. When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. The cerebral ...

  • Poulter, Casey tied going to Monday sprint at Honda Classic

    30 minutes ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter twice hit into water on the sixth hole, including his shot from the fifth tee. There was a three-shot swing on one hole, a two-shot swing on another. That was just the ...

  • Ferguson News Guide: US to make Ferguson announcements soon

    31 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after 18-year-old Michael Brown died in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is close to announcing its findings in the racially charged police shooting that launched "hands up, don't shoot" protests across the ...

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

    37 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall's Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better in the Galaxy S6 and ...

  • UN rights office: Death toll in eastern Ukraine passes 6,000

    1 hour, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago. The Geneva-based body says hundreds of civilians and military personnel were killed ...

  • Judge to hold hearing on last-minute issues in bombing trial

    1 hour, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) will hear last-minute arguments on legal issues that need to be settled before testimony begins in the federal death penalty case. Judge George ...

  • Russian opposition leader asks for early release

    1 hour, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has requested to be released early from prison so he can attend the funeral of slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Navalny's spokeswoman told The Associated Press that lawyers had filed a ...

  • Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive

    1 hour, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. ...

  • Ice slows business, traffic on Northeast waterways

    1 hour, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Waterways around the Northeast are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places. The thick ice is making life miserable for those who make their living on the water or commute via boat. ...

  • Covert 'body sculptor' says clients chose her over surgeons

    1 hour, 32 minutes ago

    (AP) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting" has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death. Padge Victoria Windslowe says ...

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    1 hour, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth ...

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