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  • White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

    2 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. He's giving the mountain its traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit ...

  • In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action on climate change, with melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop. Yet he'll have to carefully calibrate his message in a state ...

  • Iran deal gives Sen. Durbin a shot at political redemption

    1 day, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption. The No. 2 Senate Democrat is leading the effort to round up Senate support for the international deal. ...

  • Biden, Ukraine leader condemn attacks by pro-Russian forces

    2 days, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is criticizing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine for threatening to take more territory and hold their own elections. Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN'-koh) by phone Friday. The White House says Biden ...

  • Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

    2 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he expects improvements in the relationship between the United States and Israel to come "pretty quick" once the Iran nuclear deal is in place. Speaking via webcast to thousands of Jewish Americans, Obama ...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

    2 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states. The EPA ...

  • Pentagon: IS hacker killed in US strike also was recruiter

    2 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says the Islamic State group hacker killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to carry out "lone wolf" terrorist attacks. A spokesman for Central Command, Air Force ...

  • Appeals court says Supreme Court can ban protests on plaza

    2 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Supreme Court can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional right to free speech. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that ...

  • Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal

    2 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the bulk collection of phone data on millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ...

  • National Zoo to reveal panda cubs' genders, detail on father

    2 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The panda team at the National Zoo plans to reveal the gender of the giant panda cubs born recently, as well as which panda fathered the cubs. The zoo says its scientists and veterinarians will announce the ...

  • Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal

    2 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the agreement and take questions from participants. The webcast is ...

  • 29 to become citizens at DC's MLK memorial

    2 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-nine people will become citizens during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Park Service will host the ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. Friday is ...

  • Black Lives Matter boos Washington mayor's anti-crime plans

    3 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters who interrupted Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement of her crime-fighting platform say increasing police powers won't reduce violence and the mayor is only paying superficial attention to their concerns. Bowser, a Democrat, was repeatedly heckled ...

  • US believes British hacker for IS was killed in airstrike

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say the U.S. military believes a recent airstrike killed Junaid Hussain, a British hacker for the Islamic State. Two officials said the airstrike was conducted in recent days in or near Raqqa, the Syrian city ...

  • Gyrocopter pilot raises about $10,000 toward his defense

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who in April flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has raised about $10,000 to help with his case. Douglas Hughes appeared in federal court in ...

  • Talks between Obama, Saudi king will include Iran's actions

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says next week's visit by Saudi Arabia's King Salman will include talks about Yemen, Syria and Iran's actions to destabilize the region. The visit on Sept. 4 comes amid Saudi concerns about the Iranian ...

  • Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year

    3 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. The DNC has raised about $36 million this year, compared with $63 million ...

  • Air Force: 2 special ops troops killed in Afghan attack

    3 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the two Americans killed in Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack by Afghan soldiers were Air Force special operations troops. They are identified as 27-year-old Capt. Matthew D. Roland of Lexington, Kentucky, and 31-year-odl ...

  • IAEA reports Iran broadly complying with nuclear accords

    3 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is broadly complying with agreements on curtailing its nuclear program in its first update since last month's deal between Tehran and world powers. The IAEA says Iran's level of ...

  • Obama visiting New Orleans on hurricane's 10th anniversary

    3 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation. He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities ...

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