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  • In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 photo, Neal Breen, 21, works at the Ashburn Bagel & Sandwich Shop in Ashburn, Va. Breen, who quit college a year earlier with hopes of saving money to start his own business, is keenly aware that the wealth in the neighborhoods where he delivers breakfast sandwiches is, for now, beyond reach. But he does not decry the gap between the Vienna sausage dinners of childhood and the $168,000 median income of the households surrounding this shopping center, about 35 miles from Capitol Hill. It just confirms that the free-market economy is working, he says, by rewarding those who do for themselves. (AP Photo/Adam Geller)

    Americans Grapple With Income Inequality

    ASHBURN, Va.  — The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m. slumber when Neal Breen threads the mini-mansion subdivisions and snow-blanketed fairways on his way to open shop.
    There’s two hours yet before the business day begins, but […]

  • Dylan Farrow Resurrects Allen Molestation Claim

    Dylan Farrow Resurrects Allen Molestation Claim

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.
    In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year's Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona, Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in New York. Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that Gov. Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Christie Going On Offensive Over Accusation

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on the offensive after a former loyalist said he has evidence the Republican governor knew more than he has admitted about an apparently politically motivated traffic jam ordered by […]

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  • Obama Presidential Library Search Kicks Off

    Obama Presidential Library Search Kicks Off

    WASHINGTON  — The formal process to build a library housing President Barack Obama’s presidential records and artifacts began Friday with the formation of a new foundation, launched by top supporters with Obama’s blessing, that will develop and build the monument […]

  • File-This Jan. 11, 2014, file photo shows traffic passing through the toll booths at the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J.   Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday, Jan. 31, 2014,  by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration. In the letter, David Wildstein's lawyer said his client "contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Lawyer: Evidence Contradicts Christie On Bridge Lane Closures

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a tour of the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, January 29, 2014.    REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

    On Policy Tour, Obama Pledges To Revamp Job Training

    WAUKESHA, Wisc – President Barack Obama promised to overhaul federal jobs training programs on Thursday on the second leg of a tour intended to highlight his proposals to improve the fortunes of low- and middle-income Americans.
    Obama traveled to Wisconsin to […]

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  • TCM Documentary Shows Conditional Love For Oscar

    TCM Documentary Shows Conditional Love For Oscar

    At first flicker, the Turner Classic Movies documentary “And the Oscar Goes To …” appears to be little more than a promotional film for the Academy Awards.
    It is, after all, an inside job: co-directed by Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]

  • President Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Executive Omissions Leave Some Allies Angry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address was marred by a few glaring omissions.
    Gay rights advocates are seething over Obama’s refusal to […]

  • NY Congressman Threatens Reporter At Capitol

    NY Congressman Threatens Reporter At Capitol

    WASHINGTON  — New York Rep. Michael Grimm is defending his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
    The confrontation began Tuesday when Michael Scotto, a reporter for New York […]

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  • In this 2010 photo provided by the University of Missouri Athletic Department is Sasha Menu Courey. The Canadian family of former University of Missouri school swimmer says the school and its athletics department failed to properly investigate her alleged off-campus rape by as many as three football players in 2010. Menu Courey struggled with mental illness and committed suicide 16 months later. (AP Photo/University of Missouri Athletic Department)

    Swimmer’s Death Casts Light On Campus Sex Assaults

    ST. LOUIS  — The case of a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide underscores the problems higher education institutions in the U.S. face in cracking […]

  • President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama Vows To Flex Presidential Powers In Speech

    WASHINGTON  — Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor.
    He unveiled an […]

  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    FACT CHECK: Obama And Medicare Premiums

    WASHINGTON — It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he’s bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.
    So it went Tuesday night, when he declared […]

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  • With a recently placed warning sign in the background, pedestrians in foreground walk off the street to a subway station at the busy intersection of W. 96th Street and Broadway in the Upper West Side of New York Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in the wake of 11 pedestrian deaths in the city already in 2014, is taking direct aim at not just drivers but pedestrians, with a crackdown that has resulted in the first jaywalking tickets some residents have ever seen. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    ‘I’m walkin’ Here!’: NYC takes Aim At Jaywalking

    NEW YORK  — For many New Yorkers, crossing the street in the middle of the block or against the light is a way of life, part of an attitude that tells everybody, “I’m walkin’ here!”
    “Of course I jaywalk!” says 70-year-old […]

  • Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama Vowing To Flex Presidential Powers In Speech

    WASHINGTON  — Frustrated by years of partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama is moving to flex his presidential powers during his sixth year in office. He’s starting by using Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to announce executive actions to […]

  • U.S. Looks At Ways To Prevent Spying On Its Spying

    U.S. Looks At Ways To Prevent Spying On Its Spying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is looking at ways to prevent anyone from spying on its own surveillance of Americans’ phone records.
    As the Obama administration considers shifting the collection of those records from the National Security Agency to requiring […]

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  • A police cruiser blocks the entrance to Standley Lake HIgh School, where classes were cancelled after an apparent suicide attempt by a student, in Westminster, Colo., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire at the suburban Denver high school. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Police: Student Fire Apparent Suicide Attempt

    WESTMINSTER, Colo.  — A 16-year-old boy set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school on Monday in an apparent suicide attempt that left him critically injured, authorities said.
    The boy didn’t make any threats before starting the fire in […]

  • Robert Clark poses for a photo outside of his office on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Menlo Park, Calif.  Clark has recently signed up for health insurance using the new federal marketplace. Parents shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble when their children might be eligible for Medicaid but they are not. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Health Law Tricky For Parents Of Medicaid Kids

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Families shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.
    Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for […]

  • Maggie Barcellano plays with her three-year-old daughter, Zoe, at Lakeway City Park in Lakeway, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Barcellano enrolled in the food stamps program to help save up for paramedic training while she works as a home health aide and raises her daughter. Working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps, a switch from a few years ago when children and the elderly were the main recipients.  (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

    The New Face Of Food Stamps: Working-Age Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps – a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
    Some of the […]

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama waves and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applauds after the president gave his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

    White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.
    Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will […]

  • UPDATES CAPTION - Emergency crews work at the scene of a massive pileup involving more than 40 vehicles along Interstate 94 Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 near Michigan City, Ind. Authorities say a couple from Michigan, a man from Chicago were killed and at least 20 people were injured in the crush of semitrailers and mangled passenger vehicles in near-whiteout at the time of the crash. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher)

    Massive Pileup On I-94 Kills 3, More Than 20 Hurt

    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A couple from Michigan and a man from Chicago were killed in a massive pileup on a snowy interstate in northwestern Indiana, authorities said Friday, as the busy highway finally reopened a day after the […]

  • This artist rendering released by NASA shows the NASA rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. Opportunity landed on the red planet on Jan. 24, 2004 and is still exploring. Its twin Spirit stopped communicating in 2010. (AP Photo/NASA)

    Opportunity Still Roving On Mars After A Decade

    LOS ANGELES  — A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along.
    Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its […]

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  • RE-TRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED TONING - As wife Mary Pat Christie holds the Bible, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sworn in for his second term by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, right,  Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Trenton, N.J.  Mired in a scandal,  Christie sought to turn back the clock Tuesday and focus on the mandate he said he got in November to "stay the course" and put aside differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Feds Subpoena NJ Gov. Christie’s Campaign, GOP

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have escalated their criminal investigation into allegations that Gov. Chris Christie’s aides created traffic jams as political payback, subpoenaing his re-election campaign and the state Republican leadership.
    The subpoenas seek documents related to the closure […]

  • Reuters

    Government Panel Urges End To Phone Data Spying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency’s surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency’s bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory […]

  • FILE - In this March 23, 2010, file photo, Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, and others, watch as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A closely watched survey says the nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under Obama’s health care law got underway. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The rate declined across major groups.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    APNewsBreak: Poll Finds Drop In Uninsured Rate

    WASHINGTON  — The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.
    The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate […]

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  • Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic

    Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention.
    Obama planned to sign a presidential […]

  • In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Should Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about NSA surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that the operations he exposed were illegal.  (AP Photo)

    Snowden Trial Could Be Awkward For U.S.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on trial for leaking U.S. surveillance information could be an awkward public spectacle for the Obama administration.
    More classified material could be at risk and jurors might see him as a whistle-blower […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands as he leaves a prayer service in celebration of his inauguration at the New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Newark.  The celebrations to mark the start of Christie's second term could be tempered by investigations into traffic tie-ups that appear to have been ordered by his staff for political retribution and an allegation that his administration linked Superstorm Sandy aid to approval for a real estate project.  (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    Scandal-Worried Gov. Christie Sworn Into 2nd Term

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was sworn into office Tuesday for a second term, saying he had a mandate to stay the course even as Democrats ramp up criticism of the Republican governor amid investigations of a bridge […]

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  • File- This Jan. 19, 2010, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking during his inauguration ceremony,  in Trenton, N.J. A day of celebration at the start of Gov. Christie’s second term could be tempered by multiple investigations into traffic tie-ups that appear to have been ordered by his staff for political retribution.  The governor is still holding all the customary events the Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014,  inauguration.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    NJ Gov. Christie Cancels Party Because Of Weather

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, who starts a second term with multiple investigations into his administration’s tactics underway, will accentuate bipartisanship and diversity in his inaugural speech Tuesday.
    “We have to be willing to play outside the red and […]

  • The presentation of the flags of the nations is performed before the start of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

    Speeches, Marches Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

    ATLANTA — As the nation remembered and reflected Monday on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders and everyday Americans talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more […]

  • New Jersey Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski, center, D-Sayreville, N.J., Lou D. Greenwald, left, D-Vorhees, N.J., and incoming Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, N.J., address the media Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Trenton, N.J.  Greenwald,  says an investigation into massive local traffic jams that has ensnared Gov. Chris Christie's administration has grown into an abuse of power probe.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    NJ Mayor: Sandy Aid Ultimatum Came From Christie

    TRENTON, N.J.  — The Democratic mayor of a town severely flooded by Superstorm Sandy said Sunday that she was told an ultimatum tying recovery funds to her support for a prime real estate project came directly from Republican Gov. Chris […]

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  • Beyonce Stuns In Gold Mini Dress At Michelle Obama’s Birthday Party

    Beyonce Stuns In Gold Mini Dress At Michelle Obama’s Birthday Party

    Beyonce prepared for Michelle Obama’s birthday party by donning a jaw-dropping gold mini dress and nude patent leather heels.
    The White House kept the party quiet, but sources said the first lady celebratedturning 50 years old with the help Bey’s renditions of “Single […]

  • Colorado became the first US state where shops could legally sell recreational marijuana on January 1

    Obama: Pot Is Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
    “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a […]

  • In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 photo made available by Presidential Press Service on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens during an interview to Russian and foreign media at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, which will host Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 7, 2014. President Vladimir Putin once again has offered assurances to gays planning to attend the Sochi Olympics, but his arguments defending Russia’s ban on homosexual “propaganda” to minors show the vast gulf between how he understands the issues and how homosexuality is generally viewed in the West. In an interview with Russian and foreign television stations broadcast Sunday, Putin equated gays with pedophiles and spoke of the need for Russia to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality as part of efforts to increase the birth rate. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    U.S. Lawmakers Raise Safety Concerns About Olympics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress expressed serious concerns Sunday about the safety of Americans at next month’s Olympics in Russia and said Moscow needs to cooperate more on security.
    Suicide bombings last month in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, […]

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  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 file photograph, Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer speaks to the media as she stands near the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J. Zimmer, mayor of a New Jersey city that sustained severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy claims the Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in recovery grants because she refused to sign off on a politically connected development. MSNBC first reported her comments Saturday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

    Mayor: Christie Aides Tied Sandy Funds To Project

    TRENTON, N.J.  — The Christie administration withheld millions of dollars in Superstorm Sandy recovery grants from a New Jersey city because its mayor refused to sign off on a politically connected commercial development, the mayor said Saturday.
    Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer […]

  • Gov. Tom Corbett listens to a question during a news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Philadelphia. Gov. A nearly 2-year-old requirement that almost all of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million voters must show photo identification before casting a ballot was struck down Friday by a state judge, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown before the state's highest court.  The law, one of the strictest in the nation, was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Corbett in March 2012 over the protests of every single Democratic lawmaker. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Judge Spikes Photo ID Requirement For Pa. Voters

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Friday struck down a requirement that nearly all of the state’s 8.2 million voters show photo identification at the polls, saying it imposes an unreasonable burden on the right to vote and […]

  • NSA-Operations-Center

    Obama Says Foreign Countries Rely On NSA Data

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says some of the foreign governments most loudly criticizing the National Security Agency’s spying programs are relying on the data themselves.
    Obama says a number of countries publicly criticizing U.S. data collection privately acknowledge that U.S. […]

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  • National Security Agency

    Obama Backs Limits On NSA Phone Collections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government’s control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive […]

  • First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 . Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday Friday. The first lady was spending the day out of sight, with no scheduled public appearances after back-to-back events at the White House this week. A big birthday bash is on tap for Saturday night at the White House. President Barack Obama has been involved in planning it.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Happy birthday For Michelle Obama, Who Turns 50

    WASHINGTON  — Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday Friday.
    The first lady is spending the day out of sight, with no public appearances after back-to-back White House events this week.
    But she tweeted a picture of herself holding up her AARP […]

  • Obama To Back Modest Gov’t Surveillance Reforms

    Obama To Back Modest Gov’t Surveillance Reforms

    WASHINGTON  — Capping a monthslong review, President Barack Obama is expected to back modest changes to the government’s surveillance network at home and abroad while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place, including the bulk collection of […]

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