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  • Richard Overton the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a Veterans Day ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, commemorating Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The president paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, the 107-year-old Overton of East Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Obama Pays Tribute To 107-Year-Old WWII Veteran

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to those who have served in the nation’s military, including one of the nation’s oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.
    “This is the life of one American veteran, living proud and […]

  • VIDEO: Amazon Teams Up With Post Office, and More

    VIDEO: Amazon Teams Up With Post Office, and More

    What’s News: Amazon will begin delivering packages on Sundays with help of the U.S. Postal Service. Shire is buying ViroPharma for $4.2 billion. Survivors of Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines are desperately waiting for aid to reach them. Joanne Po […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. France raised questions Saturday about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on whether an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

    Talks Over Iran’s Disputed Nuke Program Hit A Snag

    GENEVA (AP) — Talks on a deal to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program ran into trouble Saturday when France questioned whether the proposal went far enough, casting doubt an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations.
    Chances of […]

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  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo,  Charles Hannah lights Theresa Walker's candle, left,  at a candlelight vigil for Renisha McBride in the front of the home where she was shot in Dearborn Heights, Mich.  No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early Saturday in Dearborn Heights. According to police, the homeowner told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Protesters Call For Justice After Porch Killing

    DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — Protesters and civil rights groups are calling for justice after a suburban Detroit homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old woman on his porch.
    No charges have been filed after authorities said Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was killed by […]

  • A job seeker fills out forms at a table while attending a career fair with prospective employers in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    U.S. Jobs Market Dodges Blow From Government Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown, suggesting the economy was on firm footing and raising the prospect the Federal Reserve may soon decide to temper its bond-buying stimulus.
    Employers added […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden, center, accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left,  speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    McAuliffe Elected Governor Of Va. Over Cuccinelli

    TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe wrested the governor’s office from Republicans on Tuesday, capping an acrimonious campaign that was driven by a crush of negative advertising, non-stop accusations of dodgy dealings and a tea party-backed nominee who tested […]

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  • Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testifies before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "Affordable Care Act Implementation on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    U.S. Agency Says Working On Plan For People Hit By Obamacare Rollout

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, beset by criticism over the botched opening of its new healthcare insurance website, says it is working on a plan to appease hundreds of thousands of people whose coverage has been canceled and millions of […]

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    Poll: Older Americans Nix Social Security Changes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase.
    But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the […]

  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    White House, Lawmakers: No Clemency For Snowden

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the leaders of the intelligence committee in Congress are rejecting National Security Agency-contractor Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency.
    “Mr. Snowden violated U.S. law,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday about the former systems-analyst-turned-fugitive […]

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  • Court Blocks Ruling On NY Police Stop-Frisk Policy

    Court Blocks Ruling On NY Police Stop-Frisk Policy

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge’s ruling that found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities, and it took the unusual step of removing her from the case, saying interviews […]

  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Intel Chief: U.S. Spies On Allies, They Do It, Too

    WASHINGTON  — Facing lawmakers who suggested U.S. surveillance has gone too far, the national intelligence director on Tuesday defended spying on foreign allies as necessary and said such scrutiny of America’s friends – and vice versa – is commonplace.
    Another top […]

  • From left, National Security Agency Deputy Director Chris Inglis, National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General James Cole, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Permanent Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Lawmakers: U.S. Spy Programs May Have Gone Too Far

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far.
    The chairman of the House […]

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  • FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, file photo, Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray sits in a courtroom during his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles. Murray, who was convicted of killing Michael Jackson, was released from jail Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool, File)

    Jackson’s Doctor Released From Jail After 2 Years

    LOS ANGELES  — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
    Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s […]

  • Protesters March In Washington Against NSA Spying

    Protesters March In Washington Against NSA Spying

    WASHINGTON  – Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank […]

  • In this Oct. 1, 2013 photo, workers take calls for Vermont's health care exchange in Burlington, Vt. While much of the nation works to implement the health insurance exchanges under the federal health overhaul law, Vermont does that and also keeps its eye on a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces government-funded health care. The state has a planned 2017 launch of the nation’s first universal health care system, a sort of modified Medicare-for-all that has long been a dream for many liberals. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    As Health Marketplaces Open, Vt. Eyes Bigger Goal

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they’re a solution for health care, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.
    The state has a planned 2017 launch of […]

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  • A sign is seen outside a Macy's retail store in San Francisco, California August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

    Macy’s Joins Barneys In Brewing NYC ‘Shop-And-Frisk’ Scandal

    NEW YORK  – New York’s civil rights leaders on Saturday angrily decried the city’s brewing “shop-and-frisk” scandal, in which two major retailers stand accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were detained by police after buying luxury items.
    “We’ve gone […]

  • NSA Spying Threatens To Hamper U.S. Foreign Policy

    NSA Spying Threatens To Hamper U.S. Foreign Policy

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome and Paris to talk about Mideast peace, Syria and Iran but was confronted by outrage over the sweep and scope of U.S. snooping abroad. President Barack Obama already has defended […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Capital Factory Founder Josh Baer (C) and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park during a tour of Capital Factory, a tech start-up incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    Obama’s Tech Expert Becomes Target Over Healthcare Website Woes

    Todd Park has gone from steering his healthcare information technology company through a blockbuster IPO to occasionally sleeping on a mat in his office while working to repair the troubled new U.S. government healthcare website.
    Park, the chief technology officer for […]

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  • Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI listens at left as Andy Slavitt, representing QSSI's parent company, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Healthcare.gov Failures Surface At Hill Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The leading contractors on the Obama administration’s troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.
    Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving […]

  • From left, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida CEO Patrick Geraghty, and other health care chief executive officers arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, to meet with White House officials regarding President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Health Care Sign-Up Snags, Fix-it Efforts Detailed

    WASHINGTON — On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problem-plagued health insurance website didn’t get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable.
    Democratic unhappiness […]

  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site, www.healthcare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    President Obama Calls Trusted Fixer To Help Health Care Site

    WASHINGTON  — When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles was overrun by demand, President Barack Obama assigned Jeffrey Zients, his deputy budget director, to help eliminate the backlog.
    When […]

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  • A  Sparks Middle School student cries and is comforted after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after a shooting at SMS in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nev. A  middle school student opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police said Monday. The lone suspected gunman was also dead, though it's unclear whether the student committed suicide. (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)

    Police: Middle School Shooter Got Gun From Home

    SPARKS, Nev.  — Authorities say the student who opened fire on a Nevada middle school campus, wounding two students and killing a teacher, got the weapon from his home.
    Washoe County School District Police said Tuesday they are still working to […]

  • Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey celebrate after exchanging vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J.  history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    N.J. Governor Ends Gay Marriage Fight As Couples Wed

    TRENTON, N.J.  — Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle.
    Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the […]

  • Mourners hold candles to honor the memory of two workers who were killed during a train accident in Walnut Creek, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Two federal accident investigators arrived in the San Francisco Bay area on Sunday to examine the deaths of two transit workers who on Saturday, were struck by an out-of-service commuter train performing routine maintenance against the backdrop of a labor strike. (AP Photo/Eric Slomanson)

    SF Transit Strike Has Commuters Facing Gridlock

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day.
    At the same time, federal investigators were […]

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  • President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches.
    Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first […]

  • Morning commuters walk on Wall Street in New York's financial district September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Despite Debt Drama, U.S. Still Outshining Europe

    LONDON – If Wall Street’s record high is a signpost, the U.S. economy has every chance of pulling further ahead of a stuttering Europe despite new battles to come in Washington over the government’s budget and debt ceiling.
    Far from sapping […]

  • 5 Die As Motorcycles, SUV Crash In Southern Pa.

    5 Die As Motorcycles, SUV Crash In Southern Pa.

    WAYNESBORO, Pa.  — Five people were killed when two motorcycles collided with an SUV in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line.
    Washington Township police said two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV on Saturday afternoon in […]

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  • 2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite a labor strike keeping trains out of service, two workers inspecting the tracks of a San Francisco Bay Area transit system were hit and killed by a train returning from a routine maintenance trip, officials said.
    The […]

  • The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    Nearly Half Million Apply For Obamacare Despite Rollout Flaws

    WASHINGTON  – Roughly half a million Americans have applied for health insurance through new federal- and state-run exchanges under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, an administration official said on Saturday.
    That figure comes as problems with the federal marketplace’s entry […]

  • A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    Source: JPMorgan In Tentative $13 Billion Deal With U.S. Justice Deptartment

    WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase & Co has reached a tentative $13 billion agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a range of mortgage issues, a source familiar with the talks said on Saturday.
    The tentative deal does not release the […]

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  • Roxanne Sanchez, left, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, left, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers may go on strike at midnight unless management agrees to enter into arbitration to resolve a remaining issue, a union leader said Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    San Francisco Bay Area Transit Workers Call For 2nd Strike In 4 Months

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — People in the San Francisco Bay area faced a frustrating Friday commute as workers for the region’s largest transit system walked off the job for the second time in four months.
    Officials from both unions representing workers for […]

  • FILE - This Sept. 19, 2007 file photo shows the National Security Agency building at Fort Meade, Md. The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Report: NSA and CIA Collaborate On Drone Strikes

    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after voting on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., listen.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Gov’t Reopens After Congress Ends 16-Day Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.
    Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, […]

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  • U.S. Congress Ends Default Threat, Obama Signs Debt Bill

    U.S. Congress Ends Default Threat, Obama Signs Debt Bill

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.
    Capping weeks of […]

  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Booker Wins Senate Seat In NJ, Must Campaign Soon

    NEWARK, N.J.  — Democrat Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate through next year, but the rising political star will have to return to the campaign trail almost immediately to run for […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Kaster)

    Deal Reached To Avoid Default And Open Government

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.
    The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news […]

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  • President Barack Obama, center, and Vice President Joe Biden, center left,  meet with Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. Sitting with them are from left to right, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senators Seek Budget Deal, House GOP Effort Flops

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.
    Pressured […]

  • In this framegrabbed image from APTN the entrance to the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles can be seen Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013. A baggage handler was arrested Tuesday in connection with dry ice explosions Sunday and Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after police stepped up patrols and increased its checks on employees. Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. (AP PhotoAPTN)

    Ground Employee Arrested In LA Airport Ice Blasts

    LOS ANGELES  — A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.
    Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked Tuesday for possession of a […]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives democratic leadership walk away from the media after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Fiscal Talks Stumble As Lawmakers Race Against Clock

    WASHINGTON – Stop-start negotiations to end the U.S. fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching on Tuesday for a way to reopen the government and raise the country’s debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline.
    Fitch Ratings […]

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