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  • Obama tells Renzi that US, Italy will remain close allies

    58 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reassuring Italian Premier Matteo Renzi that Italy will remain one of the closest U.S. allies despite Renzi's defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms. Obama spoke to Renzi by phone on Tuesday. The ...

  • DC Council to vote on generous paid leave mandate

    2 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers will be voting on whether to force private employers to provide the nation's most generous paid family leave benefits. On Tuesday, the council agreed to reduce the amount of paid time off people ...

  • The Latest: Biden jokes about 2020 bid

    3 hours, 39 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times local): ___ 11:20 a.m. Vice President Joe Biden is joking about his own talk about seeking the presidency in 2020. On his way into a meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday, ...

  • Report says Pentagon disregarded cost-cutting study

    5 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington Post report says the Defense Department disregarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years. But a Pentagon spokesman says the study ...

  • The Latest: Pence says Mattis to be with Trump at NC rally

    7 hours, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:44 a.m. Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary will be with him at a Tuesday night rally in North Carolina. That's according to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The ...

  • Obama will meet with special ops forces, talk strategy

    9 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ready to travel to Florida's MacDill Air Force Base to thank some of the country's special operations forces and deliver his last national security speech in office. The White House says Obama wants ...

  • Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test

    10 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. says this country is ...

  • Obama's UN envoy refers to Armenian genocide

    11 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the Obama administration quietly recognized the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide? The term has long been taboo for U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, who have instead talked of mass atrocity and historical ...

  • Officials: Potential for violence from fake news troubling

    11 hours, 53 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Bizarre rumors that began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties morphed into fake news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of ...

  • Biden in 2020? With a smile, he says he's not ruling it out

    19 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — You heard it here first, more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House: Joe Biden says he's running for president in 2020 — maybe. The departing 74-year-old vice president said it with a ...

  • US wars grounded in law, White House says

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has determined it can target the extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia under the war powers legislation that Congress approved to target al-Qaida after the 9/11 attacks. It's part of a report shedding new light ...

  • Study: Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in US

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and ...

  • The Latest: Police: Pizzeria gunman had AR-15 rifle, handgun

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man who police say fired shots in a pizzeria while investigating a fake news story (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Police say a man investigating a fake news story about ...

  • Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria

    1 day, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant Sunday. Metropolitan Police ...

  • Supreme Court takes up cases about race in redistricting

    1 day, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a pair of cases in which African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing electoral districts. The justices are hearing arguments Monday in redistricting disputes from North Carolina ...

  • DC police detain man with assault rifle at pizza shop

    1 day, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say they're detaining a North Carolina man who was reportedly armed with an assault rifle at a pizza restaurant near the northwestern edge of the city. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita (ah-KWEE'-tah) Brown ...

  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    3 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials say U.S. ...

  • Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair

    4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A $2 million to $3 million project to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein. Rubenstein's gift to the National Park Foundation was announced Friday. In a statement, officials ...

  • House Dems likely to keep NM lawmaker as campaign chief

    4 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are expected to keep the leader of their campaign organization in his job, even though they're frustrated with their disappointing Election Day showing. New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ...

  • Police: Sniper killed gunman after child ran to porch

    4 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say a sheriff's sniper in Washington state killed a gunman with a single shot after one of the two children he had been using as human shields ran onto a porch and the suspect was exposed. ...

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