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  • Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

    4 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman. But they are urging the court to resist embracing ...

  • Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

    4 hours, 28 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage. Before baby Orion could ...

  • Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    4 hours, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision did not address the validity of state ...

  • US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal

    20 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake that shook three countries. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are offering condolences along ...

  • US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

    23 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Patriot Act surveillance law about to expire, the Obama administration is unveiling a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence ...

  • As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party Rep. Thomas Massie voted in January against keeping John Boehner as House speaker. The Kentucky Republican also opposed GOP leaders this year when they tried avoiding a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration and ...

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two ...

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the ...

  • Japan's war history will shadows PM's US visit next week

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) visits the U.S. next week, he will be ...

  • White House to host tribal youth gathering in July

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington. The July 9 event will give American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the U.S. a chance to ...

  • Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. An office administrator for Cochran, Fred W. Pagan, was arrested Thursday. Court ...

  • 2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges

    1 day, 18 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is charging two nuclear missile launch officers with illegal drug use. The cases at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana were linked to a separate Air Force investigation of exam cheating by Minuteman 3 ...

  • Obama: Intel officers determined to protect innocent lives

    1 day, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling members of the U.S. intelligence community that he appreciates their service and understands they don't take their work lightly. Obama spoke to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The remarks ...

  • After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

    1 day, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the ...

  • Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday

    1 day, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New ...

  • White House seeks to smooth information for hostage families

    1 day, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status. White House spokesman Josh ...

  • Pentagon cites de-escalation of tensions over Iranian ships

    1 day, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official says tension has abated over the prospect of Iranian cargo ships delivering advanced weaponry to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Iranian convoy is now headed back in the direction of Iran. Col. Steve Warren ...

  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of libel suit by Abbas' son

    2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out a $10 million libel suit by the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed Friday that ...

  • Attorney general to bid farewell after 6-year tenure

    2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bids farewell to the Justice Department after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder is set to address employees at an afternoon ceremony. A tribute video with appearances by his ...

  • Psychiatrist, case manager to testify at Hinckley hearing

    2 days, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Testimony is continuing for a third day in a court hearing to determine whether the man who shot President Ronald Reagan should be allowed to live full-time outside a mental hospital. A federal judge in Washington is ...

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