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  • FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Report: NSA Collecting Millions Of Contact Lists

    WASHINGTON  — The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world – including those of Americans – in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada takes the elevator after a rare Senate session on Capitol Hill in  Washington, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Default Looming, Day 14 Of Shutdown, No Solution

    WASHINGTON  — The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets U.S. Senate Democrats in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 12, 2013. Pictured are (L-R) Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA). REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Senate Leader ‘Confident’ Fiscal Crisis Can Be Averted

    WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington.
    “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
    “I’m […]

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.  For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients can expect an historically small increase in benefits come January 2014.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

    Social Security Raise To Be Among Lowest In Years

    WASHINGTON — For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of roughly 1.5 percent, which would be among […]

  • FILE Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. The Wisconsin veteran hasn’t let the federal shutdown shut Her down. Threat returned from active duty in Afghanistan in July. Since then, she’s been in the Army Reserve and working as a civilian at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin _ until last week when she was furloughed. Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program. As part of the effort to keep students safe while traveling to school, the veteran branch of the program is coordinated by the group No Veteran Left Behind. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Furloughed Workers Pinching Pennies, Volunteering

    They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war.
    And all of them have one thing in common: They were […]

  • Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Oct. 12 – Some US governors dish out cash to reopen national parks. Julie Noce reports

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  • A concerned Julie Aldaz, left, general manager of the Red Feather Lodge, who has already had to layoff three employees, talks with Jane Gibson, housekeeping manager, about the dim prospects of Grand Canyon National Park reopening, as the park remains closed to visitors due to the continued federal government shutdown on Friday Oct. 11, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz.  Attempts by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to have the U.S. Department of the Interior open up portions of the park using state funds has hit a snag. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Federal Shutdown Staring To Ripple Through States

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to ripple through states, which are now laying off employees and warning of thousands of additional furloughs if the budget stalemate is […]

  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo, Calvin Parker, Jr., stands in the area where he and fellow Mississippian Charles Hickson were allegedly abducted by aliens on Oct. 11,1973, on the banks of the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula Miss. The incident made headlines, sparked UFO sightings nationwide and became one of the most widely examined cases on record. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Man Says 1973 UFO Incident Turned Life Upside Down

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Charles Hickson never regretted the notoriety that came his way after he told authorities he encountered an unidentified flying object and its occupants 40 years ago on the banks of the Pascagoula River. Until his death […]

  • Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    DENVER  — Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an […]

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  • A protester giving only her first name as Nancy holds up a sign calling for an end to the U.S. government shut down on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Obama, Republicans Continue Talks After White House Meeting

    WASHINGTON – Republicans offered a plan to President Barack Obama on Thursday that would postpone a possible U.S. default in a sign the two sides may be moving to end the standoff that has shuttered large parts of the […]

  • FILE - Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown which started a day earlier, outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted Oct. 3-7, 2013 held Republicans more responsible for the gridlock, with 62 percent mainly blaming the GOP for the shutdown. In contrast, 52 percent believed the president isn’t doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, according to the survey. The poll also said 82 percent of Democrats see the shutdown as a major problem for the country, compared with 58 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Americans Voice Anger, Frustration In Stalemate

    The regular book study group at the Rev. Tim Ahrens’ church in middle America always ends with a prayer – most deeply personal, often about a family or friend’s illness. But after one recent meeting, the members held hands in […]

  • 4 Americans Meet Snowden To Give Him An Award

    4 Americans Meet Snowden To Give Him An Award

    MOSCOW  — Four former U.S. government officials who met with former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said Thursday that he is adjusting to life in Russia and expresses no regrets about leaking highly classified information. Separately, Snowden’s father […]

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  • A handout photo released by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to Reuters on October 10, 2013 shows specialized technicians from ECBC's Chemical Biological Application and Risk Reduction (CBARR) Business Unit work on the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS), a new Department of Defense (DoD) elimination technology designed to neutralize bulk amount of known chemical warfare agents and their precursors. REUTERS/The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center/Handout

    U.S. Suggests Destruction Unit For Syria’s Chemical Weapons

    AMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is suggesting the world’s chemical weapons watchdog use a U.S.-made mobile destruction unit in Syria to neutralize the country’s toxic stockpile, officials told Reuters.
    It gave a briefing on the unit on Tuesday to officials at the Hague-based Organization […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. President Barack Obama is pressuring Boehner to hold votes to avoid a potentially catastrophic default and re-open the federal government, as a new poll indicated Republicans could pay a political price for Washington's fiscal paralysis.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House GOP Leaders Seek Short-Term Debt Extension

    WASHINGTON  — House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government’s ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of “irrevocable damage” that an unprecedented […]

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Army John McHugh stand by as soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Cody J. Patterson at Dover Air Force Base. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images / October 9, 2013)

    The Fisher House Foundation Charity To Pay Military Death Benefits

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
    “The Fisher House […]

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  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 photo, Egyptians crowd a shopping at a market in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s capital has long been proud of its nickname, “Mother of the World” _ a city of 18 million, buzzing and lively, fun-loving and never sleeping. But Cairo’s spirit has been deeply wounded 32 months of turmoil, bloodshed, two “revolutions,” and a military coup. Cairenes now talk of a new callousness and edginess, suspicion of outsiders, bitter divisions between Islamists _ all fueling a longing for normalcy.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    U.S. Expected To Slash Aid To Egyptian Government

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei  — U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo Rick Hohensee of Washington holds a "Fire Congress" sign near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job. And Congress’ approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  — Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.
    The Associated […]

  • A combination of pictures shows (L-R) Special Agent Joseph M. Peters, 24, 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, and Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, are pictured in this combination photo of undated handout photos released to Reuters on October 8, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/U.S. Army/Handout

    Shutdown Slows Aid To Families Of U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – For the families of four U.S. soldiers killed by insurgents in Afghanistan on Sunday, the partial U.S. government shutdown will take a particularly personal toll.
    The Pentagon says it is not allowed to pay these families a “death gratuity,” as long […]

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  • Did The Obama Administration Swap ‘Black’ Detention Sites For Ships?

    Did The Obama Administration Swap ‘Black’ Detention Sites For Ships?

    WASHINGTON — Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA “black” sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels.
    And it’s doing it in a way that […]

  • VIDEO: Kerry Praises Early Efforts in Destroying Syria Stockpile

    VIDEO: Kerry Praises Early Efforts in Destroying Syria Stockpile

    Kerry addresses skepticism as UN chemical weapons inspectors begin the long process of dismantling the Syrian regime’s production facilities.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Putin Says He Agrees With Obama’s Decision To Cancel Asia Trip

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia  – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he understood U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to Asia and would have done the same if faced with the same domestic challenges.
    Obama cancelled his visit […]

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Kerry is seeking to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America's commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Kerry Assures CEOs On US Role In Asia-Pacific

    BALI, Indonesia  — Filling in for an absent U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday sought to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America’s commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown […]

  • Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Kerry, speaking at a joint press conference with Lavrov, Monday said that the United States and Russia are "very pleased" with the progress made so far in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stocks. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    Kerry Pleased With Syria Chemical Disarmament

    BALI, Indonesia  — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the United States and Russia are “very pleased” with the progress made so far in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks. And, he offered some rare, if qualified, U.S. […]

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  • This undated photo provided by his family's attorney on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 shows Edwin Mieses Jr. after he was struck by an SUV during a motorcycle rally in New York that turned violent on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. He suffered a broken spine, fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a torn aortic valve, his defense attorney, Gloria Allred, said Friday. His injuries may have left him paralyzed. (AP Photo/Family Photo via Gloria Allred)

    Official: NY Undercover Cop Present At Bike Rally

    NEW YORK — Authorities are investigating whether an undercover police officer present at a motorcycle rally witnessed a violent confrontation between an SUV driver and a swarm of bikers and didn’t immediately report it, a law enforcement official said Saturday.
    The […]

  • AP Sources: Navy SEALs Raid Somali Town

    AP Sources: Navy SEALs Raid Somali Town

    MOGADISHU, Somalia  — U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a pre-dawn raid Saturday on a coastal town in southern Somalia looking for a specific al-Qaida suspect linked to the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target, a U.S. […]

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a briefing on the Defense Department's FY2014 budget at the Pentagon in Washington in this file photo taken April 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

    Pentagon To Recall Most Furloughed Workers, Easing Shutdown Pain

    WASHINGTON  – The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall most of the roughly 400,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America’s armed […]

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  • CORRECTS AMY CAREY TO AMY CAREY-JONES - Amy Carey-Jones, center, sister of Mariam Carey, listens as her sister Valarie, left, takes questions from the media outside her home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in New York. Law-enforcement authorities have identified Miriam Carey, 34, as the woman who, with a 1-year-old child in her car, led Secret Service and police on a harrowing chase in Washington from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Sisters Question Fatal Shooting In D.C. Police Chase

    NEW YORK  — The sisters of a woman who was fatally shot in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier say she was not a criminal and police should not have shot her.
    “We’re still very […]

  • Oct. 4, 2013. The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and the man's identity was not disclosed. (AP Photo/Katy Scheflen)

    Man Sets Himself On Fire On The National Mall

    WASHINGTON  — A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation’s capital as passers-by rushed over to help douse the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.
    The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Prospect For Quick End To Shutdown Is Remote

    WASHINGTON — Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.
    “This isn’t some […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Obama Cancels Asia Tour Over Shutdown; Raises Questions On U.S. Pivot

    WASHINGTON/NUSA DUA, Indonesia  – President Barack Obama called off plans to visit Asia and attend two summits because of the U.S. government shutdown, raising questions about the strategic “pivot” to the region that he announced just two years ago.
    Obama had […]

  • A damaged Capitol Hill police care is surrounded by crime scene tape after a car chase and shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A woman driving a black Infiniti with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Police Shoot, Kill Driver After Capitol Hill Chase

    WASHINGTON  —A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to […]

  • Obama Says “Send Me The Vote,” Blames Republicans For Shutdown

    Obama Says “Send Me The Vote,” Blames Republicans For Shutdown

    Oct. 3 – President Obama is calling for a straight up-or-down vote to reopen the government, blames House Republican leaders for caving to their conservative Tea Party members. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, attend their joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after the Japan-U.S. security talks in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool)

    Kerry: ‘Diplomatic Malpractice’ Not To Engage Iran

    TOKYO  — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it would be “diplomatic malpractice of the worst order” not to test Iran’s willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program.
    In his first public comments since Israeli Prime […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama’s No-Negotiation Stance Setting New Tone

     
    WASHINGTON  — This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts.
    It’s a proposition not […]

  • With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate Set To OK Budget Bill, But Fight Not Over

    WASHINGTON  — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate is ready to approve legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure that the […]

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to reporters as he emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare." Cruz ended the marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Cruz Ends Talkathon, Senate Heads Toward Vote

    WASHINGTON  — Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz ended his all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law after 21 hours and 19 minutes as legislation required to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight Monday easily cleared […]

  • A Wells Fargo sign is seen outside a banking branch in New York July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

    Wells Fargo Fails To Win Dismissal Of U.S. Mortgage Fraud Case

    NEW YORK – Wells Fargo & Co failed to win dismissal of a lawsuit in which the U.S. government accused the nation’s largest mortgage lender of fraud by lying about the quality of home loans it submitted to a government […]

  • Bank of America Goes To Trial Over U.S.Fraud Charges

    Bank of America Goes To Trial Over U.S.Fraud Charges

    NEW YORK  – Bank of America Corp heads to trial this week over allegations its Countrywide unit approved deficient home loans in a process called “Hustle,” defrauding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the U.S. government enterprises that underwrite mortgages.
    In what […]

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