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  • US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

    4 hours, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change. The Obama administration's contribution to the ...

  • Lawmaker's staff to face tough prosecutor in spending probe

    4 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. They'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation. Timothy ...

  • Knight Foundation to fund 32 projects to improve cities

    4 hours, 29 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A foundation is awarding grants to 32 innovative projects working to improve cities, totaling $5 million in funding. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is announcing Tuesday that the Knight Cities Challenge will award grants ...

  • US files appeal of judge's hold on immigration action

    9 hours, 2 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has urged a federal appeals court to lift a temporary hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

  • Clinton: US-Israeli relations need to be 'constructive'

    20 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S.-Israeli relationship needs to return to "constructive footing," according to a prominent Jewish leader who spoke to the ex-secretary of state. Clinton said the U.S. and Israel need to get back to ...

  • US official: Preliminary reports indicate 1 person dead in gate-crashing at Fort Meade

    20 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — US official: Preliminary reports indicate 1 person dead in gate-crashing at Fort Meade.

  • Court says lawyer's brief absence doesn't merit a retrial

    20 hours, 52 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a Michigan man convicted of murder and armed robbery does not deserve a new trial even though his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during the original trial. The justices ruled Monday in ...

  • Supreme Court won't hear pastor's appeal of abuse conviction

    21 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Wisconsin pastor convicted of conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children. The justices had no comment on their order ...

  • High court sends back ruling on Virginia redistricting

    21 hours, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a lower court must take another look at a ruling that said Virginia state lawmakers packed too many black voters into one congressional district. The justices on Monday said the lower court should ...

  • Obama to make first visit to Kenya as president

    21 hours, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth. The White House says Obama will visit Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business ...

  • Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students

    21 hours, 46 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school. The justices ...

  • High court to hear Kansas plea to reinstate death sentences

    21 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kansas' appeal to reinstate death sentences for two brothers over the fatal shootings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field and for another man convicted of killing a couple. ...

  • National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

    1 day, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the most beautiful and historic places in the country. But there's also an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and ...

  • Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards

    1 day, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department. While there are few ...

  • Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images

    1 day, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first ...

  • Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record keepers

    2 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The focus on Hillary Rodham Clinton's email practices as secretary of state is causing historians and government record-keepers to take stock of an imperfect system for preserving the government's history. In this age of email, texting, Twitter ...

  • US rescues Saudi airmen from water south of Yemen

    3 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. The official says ...

  • AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress

    3 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leaders had been invited. ...

  • Amanda Knox 'relieved and grateful' after court saga ends

    3 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's "tremendously relieved and grateful" that Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate. Knox said in a statement Friday that knowing she was innocent gave her "strength in ...

  • Kerry orders State Department review of records retention

    3 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has ordered an internal audit of the agency's record keeping after revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure. Secretary of State John ...

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