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  • Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack

    1 hour, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said. ...

  • Police: Man swings ax at DC officer in attack

    3 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say swung a large ax at an officer in an unprovoked attack. Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, says the officer was sitting in a marked police ...

  • Did you remember to set your clocks back

    4 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time. Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people usually set ...

  • Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

    5 hours, 12 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges. Publication of ...

  • First presidential debate set for Republicans

    22 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates ...

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

    22 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. But ...

  • Justice Dept watchdog faults agency grenade probe

    22 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona made multiple errors in their investigation of a U.S. citizen who was suspected of smuggling grenade components to Mexico, including failing to arrest him when there was more than enough evidence ...

  • Leahy expresses concern over FBI's fake AP story

    23 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns that the FBI faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007. The Vermont Democrat wrote ...

  • GOP senators urge Obama to hold off on immigration

    1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation that remains stalled in Congress are calling on President Barack Obama not to use executive action to shield millions of people from deportation. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, ...

  • Dempsey: US considering empowering Sunni tribes

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon is beginning to consider ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group. The chairman of the ...

  • Justices consider Texas rape-murder case

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A black inmate on Texas' death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her is asking the Supreme Court to take his case. Rodney Reed tells ...

  • Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to Maine to rally votes for the Democratic candidate for governor, the latest in a burst of campaign appearances Obama is making before next week's midterm elections after months of sitting on ...

  • Biden voices support for Northern Ireland talks

    1 day, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind a new round of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland. Biden spoke with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. He also held separate phone calls with Peter Robinson, the leader ...

  • Al-Qaida: IS should rejoin group and fight West

    1 day, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence analysts are closely watching al-Qaida's overtures to the renegade Islamic State to reunite and fight the West, and while a full reconciliation is not on the horizon, there is evidence the two groups have curtailed ...

  • Anonymous US comment on Israel roils relations

    1 day, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the ...

  • Select quotes recalling journalist Ben Bradlee

    1 day, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A collection of quotes and remembrances of longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from those who knew him from the Watergate era and beyond: ___ "To be honest, I was frightened. Bob and I were 28 and ...

  • Georgia Rep. Broun's hiring of consultant faulted

    2 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional ethics panel says there's substantial reason to believe that Republican Rep. Paul Broun (brown) of Georgia violated House rules and federal law by using official House funds to hire a consultant who helped with debate ...

  • For Biden, silver lining if Senate fight is a draw

    2 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is crossing his fingers that Republicans won't come close to capturing the six Senate seats they need to seize the majority in next week's election. But for Vice President Joe Biden, there's a silver ...

  • Giffords struggling to make guns a midterm issue

    2 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords is as committed as ever to pushing for tighter gun-control laws, four years after she was shot in the head. But few candidates in this year's midterm elections are willing to rally to ...

  • The tiebreaker: Biden's new role if Senate splits

    2 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's role as the 101st senator would instantly be elevated if the Senate is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans after the midterm elections. That could make Biden the deciding vote in make-or-break legislation ...

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