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  • Scalia death sparks election-year fight over filling vacancy

    2 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia's death immediately sparked a new and heated election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama should fill the high court vacancy, with Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail arguing the nomination should ...

  • The Latest: Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

    3 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on 6:50 p.m. (all times local): ___ Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at ...

  • Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

    4 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshal's Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of ...

  • US Marshall's Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79.

    4 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — US Marshall's Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79.

  • Cuba returns dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly received

    7 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to the island in 2014. State Department spokesman Mark Toner credited Cuba's government for facilitating the inert training missile's return. He wouldn't provide further details. ...

  • FBI: Washington boys located in Mexico in safe condition

    21 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The FBI says two brothers missing from Bellevue since August have been found in safe condition in Mexico. FBI officials said in a news release that 15-year-old Sage Cook and 9-year-old Isaac Cook were located by ...

  • House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman will summon Michigan's governor and the head of the EPA to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy have been invited ...

  • House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation that aims to punish North Korea for pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program. House Republicans and Democrats joined together Friday and overwhelmingly agreed to slap Pyongyang with more stringent ...

  • Retrial of man convicted of killing Chandra Levy now in May

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A man convicted of killing former Washington intern Chandra Levy has had his retrial moved from March to May. A judge agreed Friday to a request by prosecutors to move the trial date from March 1 to ...

  • Congress sends Obama bill to punish North Korea for refusing to end nuclear weapons program

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sends Obama bill to punish North Korea for refusing to end nuclear weapons program.

  • Senate confirms nominees for State posts and ambassadorships

    1 day, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed six of President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassadorships and senior positions at the State Department. The nominees were approved by voice vote on Friday. The approvals came after Democrats complained Republicans were holding ...

  • AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?

    2 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means. WHAT IS A ...

  • US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM's visit

    2 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power. Prime Minister Hun Sen ...

  • White House: We agree with Congress on NKorea sanctions

    2 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a North Korea sanctions bill that won Senate approval is consistent with U.S. efforts to increase pressure on North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons. Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says ...

  • US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan

    2 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say there have been about 20 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan in the past three weeks, as the U.S. expands its fight against the insurgent group beyond Iraq and Syria. The strikes ...

  • US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

    2 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots. A House foreign affairs panel ...

  • US says precise location of Iran's enriched uranium unknown

    2 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official says the U.S. does not know the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel under the landmark nuclear agreement. Testifying Thursday, Ambassador Stephen Mull tells ...

  • Senators: Let female WWII pilots into Arlington Cemetery

    2 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two dozen U.S. senators want the Army to reverse a policy change barring female World War II pilots from having their ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The pilots are known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or ...

  • House bill seeks to better rehabilitate prisoners

    2 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Inmates could get credits for taking part in programs like education or job training under legislation advanced by a House panel. A bipartisan measure was approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee. It's designed to help prisoners ...

  • Watchdog finds progress since "Fast and Furious" operation

    2 days, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A watchdog report says the Justice Department has made progress since the failed ATF gun-smuggling operation known as "Fast and Furious." But the report says work remains to be done. The Justice Department inspector general issued a ...

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