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  • VIDEO: Julian Castro Rumored To Join Obama Cabinet

    VIDEO: Julian Castro Rumored To Join Obama Cabinet

    Reports say the Texas mayor and Democratic up-and-comer will likely replace Shaun Donovan as secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

  • An AT&T building is pictured in Los Angeles , California May 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

    AT&T Nears DirecTV Purchase In New Jolt To TV Landscape

    NEW YORK – AT&T is close to announcing that it will buy the No. 1 U.S. satellite TV operator DirecTV, according to people familiar with the matter, in the second potentially transformative deal to jolt the U.S. television industry this […]

  • A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. Hospitals and medical practices across the United States braced for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law took effect on Wednesday.   REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files   (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY POLITICS)

    Exclusive: Obama Allies Revive Push For Obamacare CEO

    WASHINGTON – A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Mark Rosenbaum, second from right, of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks to reporters after arguing their case before the Supreme Court in Washington. The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit. At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action. Rosenbaum, who argued the case on behalf of minority groups that opposed the affirmative action ban, said the sort of routine outreach that political parties perform is prohibited to public universities under laws like Michigan’s. "They can say, ‘If you’re a person of color, you would not feel out of place in our party,’" Rosenbaum said. "But if a university said that, there would be 1,000 lawsuits tomorrow."  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Is GOP Minority Recruitment Affirmative Action?

    The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit.
    At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of […]

  • Top VA Health Official Resigns Under Fire

    Top VA Health Official Resigns Under Fire

    WASHINGTON — The top official for veterans’ health care resigned Friday amid a firestorm over delays in care and falsified records at veteran hospitals.
    Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, the department’s undersecretary for […]

  • Security forces secure the scene at the site where two blasts detonated, one in a mini-van used for public transportation, in a market area of Nairobi, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014. Two blasts hit Kenya's capital on Friday, killing a number of people and injuring many more, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of increasingly frequent terror attacks. (AP Photo)

    U.S. Embassy In Kenya Requests Security Upgrade

    NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. ambassador in Kenya has requested additional Kenyan and American security personnel and is reducing the size of the embassy staff because of an increase in terrorist threats in Kenya, according to a letter sent to […]

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel while delivering remarks at his office on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

    Hagel Says U.S. Won’t Let Iran Build Nuclear Weapon

    JERUSALEM — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the U.S. “will do what we must” to prevent the Jewish state’s greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.
    Hagel made the public pledge in a statement at talks […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

    President Obama At 9/11 Museum: Terrorism Can’t Break Us

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.
    “It’s an […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in superior court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man's shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday, May 15, 2014, on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston, police said. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

    Aaron Hernandez Charged In 2 More Shooting Deaths

    BOSTON  — Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who was already accused of murder in a man’s shooting death last year, “ambushed and executed” two other men a year earlier after an encounter at a nightclub, prosecutors said Thursday in […]

  • Crews sop up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles on Thursday, May 15, 2014. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half mile into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

    10,000 Gallons Of Oil Spill On Los Angeles Streets

    LOS ANGELES  — Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.
    A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately […]

  • Egypt's presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, attends an interview with Reuters in Cairo May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MILITARY)

    Exclusive: Egypt’s Sisi Asks For U.S. Help In Fighting Terrorism

    CAIRO – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the general who ousted an elected Islamist president and is set to become Egypt’s next head of state, called on the United States to help fight jihadi terrorism to avoid the creation of new Afghanistans in […]

  • FILE - The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in this Monday, April 19, 2010  file photo in New York. The New York Times on Wednesday May 14, 2014 announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

    Abramson Replaced As NYT Executive Editor

    NEW YORK  — The New York Times on Wednesday announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.
    The company didn’t give a reason for the change. […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question from Bob Schieffer of CBS News at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Lawmakers and policy experts discussed America's long term debt and economic future. (AP Photo)

    Business Execs Skeptical Of Christie’s Chances In 2016

    LAS VEGAS  — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dismissing his administration’s traffic scandal as “a footnote” in his political future. Some in the GOP’s elite business class may be close to dismissing him as a serious contender for the […]

  • A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County — threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton — as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)

    Wildfire Burns Homes In San Diego County

    CARLSBAD, Calif.– At least a half-dozen wildfires scorched San Diego County on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee burning homes and prompting the closures of a college campus and Legoland California. No major injuries were reported.
    Firefighters contended with temperatures approaching 100 […]

  • FILE - This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows electronic images of victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, destined to be a part of the future 9/11 Memorial Museum, during a news conference in New York. The museum will be dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Barack Obama on Thursday, May 15, 2014. It will open to the public May 21. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Sept. 11 Museum Is Called A Monument To Unity

    NEW YORK — Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum are portraying it as a monument to unity and resilience.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that the National September 11 Memorial & Museum describes how people across the […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting of law enforcement leaders from across the country to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo)

    President Obama To Ask Congress For Cash For Roads, Bridges

    WASHINGTON — America’s roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure […]

  • FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. An attorney representing the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Thursday, May 8, 2014, that she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    Johnson Says Clippers Owner Living In ‘Stone Ages’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has badly outdated views about minorities and is shockingly ignorant about HIV and AIDS for such a prominent public figure.
    “He’s living in the […]

  • This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey, right, who taught at the school from 1972-1973. Vahey was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was Vahey's public persona until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo)

    FBI: 100s Have Contacted Us About Pedophile Case

    Hundreds of people have contacted the FBI about a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at international schools on four continents, greatly expanding the potential number of suspected victims.
    The FBI said last month that William […]

  • Police officers walk near WMAR-TV Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Towson Md. Baltimore County police say a vehicle has rammed a television station and there may be an armed person inside the building. A hole the size of several garage doors could be seen in the front of the building Tuesday afternoon. Police officers were on the scene, and news helicopters hovered above. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Vehicle Rams Maryland TV Station; Driver Not Found

    TOWSON, Md. — A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building.
    Police were searching for the driver Tuesday afternoon. […]

  • White House, Clinton Aide Push Back Against Rove

    White House, Clinton Aide Push Back Against Rove

    WASHINGTON — An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state’s health could be an issue if she runs for president in 2016.
    Rove […]

  • FILE - This April 23, 2014 file photo shows U.S. Army Specialist Kyle White during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier's life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. Obama was to award the medal to Kyle J. White during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. White, a 27-year-old Seattle native now living in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Obama Presents Top Medal To Afghanistan Veteran

    WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007.
    White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were […]

  • An AT&T sign is shown on a building in downtown San Diego, California March 18, 2014.

    Sources: AT&T In Talks To Buy DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion

    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES – AT&T Inc is in active talks to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV and may complete a deal in the next few weeks that could be worth close to $50 billion, two people familiar with the matter […]

  • Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Hotel Decries Video Leak Of Jay Z, Beyonce Sister

    Jay Z PHYSICALLY ATTACKED by Beyonce’s Sister Solange

    NEW YORK — The Standard Hotel in New York City says it is investigating the leak of a security video that appears to show Beyonce’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay Z.
    Asked about the video […]

  • Map shows the proposed Keystone pipeline route; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

    Energy Savings Bill Caught In Election Politics

    WASHINGTON — A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill is falling victim to election-year politics and the Obama administration’s continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
    The legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives […]

  • The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters

    U.S. Confirms Second Case Of MERS

    U.S. health officials confirmed the country’s second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East in 2012, and said the patient was in good condition in an Orlando, Florida hospital.
    The patient, 44, is a healthcare worker […]

  • U.S. Won’t Recognize E. Ukraine Referendum Results

    U.S. Won’t Recognize E. Ukraine Referendum Results

    WASHINGTON  — The White House says the Unites States does not recognize the results of a twin sovereignty referendum in eastern Ukraine.
    Spokesman Jay Carney says it is also “disappointing” that Russia did not use its influence to stop the vote […]

  • VIDEO: W.H. Secret Service Agents Pulled To Watch Director’s Aide

    VIDEO: W.H. Secret Service Agents Pulled To Watch Director’s Aide

    White House Secret Service agents were pulled from their post to ensure the safety of an aide to the service director.

  • In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party in San Diego, after he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/ESPN)

    Picking Sam, Rams Welcome 1st Openly Gay Player

    NEW YORK  — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.
    For just a moment, it looked as if […]

  • In this April 30, 2014 photo, female House congressional candidates Amanda Renteria, D-Calif., left, Gwen Graham, D-Fla., center, daughter of former Florida senator and governor Bob Graham, and Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, D-N.M., pose for a photo at the Democratic Campaign Committee in Washington. Democrats, after robust recruiting of female candidates, are counting on women to knock out a few GOP candidates in the 2014 midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Female Candidates Boost Dems Hopes In Tough Year

    WASHINGTON– A woman nicknamed Rocky. A daughter of former migrant farmworkers. A child of politics.
    These female candidates for the House embody Democratic hopes in a rough election year.
    President Barack Obama’s unpopularity is a drag on his fellow Democrats, and no […]

  • Apple Close To Buying Beats For $3.2 Billion: Source

    Apple Close To Buying Beats For $3.2 Billion: Source

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc is close to paying a record $3.2 billion for Beats Electronics, two people with knowledge of the matter said, an expensive foray into music streaming and headphone gear that would mark a departure for the […]

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Brown has been ordered to remain jailed without bail until another court hearing set for May 9.  Brown has been on probation since pleading guilty to assaulting his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna, after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He has been in anger management treatment program and performing community service requirements. Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy are also facing misdemeanor simple assault charges after from an incident outside the W hotel in Washington D.C. last October. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Chris Brown Admits Probation Violation, Sentenced

    LOS ANGELES  — Chris Brown on Friday admitted a probation violation over an altercation last year outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., and was sentenced to remain on probation and serve an additional 131 days in jail.
    Brown appeared in court […]

  • VIDEO: Watch US Citizens Fail The Citizenship Test… Miserably.

    VIDEO: Watch US Citizens Fail The Citizenship Test… Miserably.

    The Immigrant Archive Project interviews some US citizens in Miami FL, asking them questions from the naturalization test to see if they might pass. It’s not pretty.

  • Nan Buziak Lexow, left, Srikanth Reddy, center, and Mark DeMonte, right, raise a toast while riding the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal in New York to New Haven, Conn., Thursday, May 8, 2014.  The trio toasted the bar car, being retired from Metro-North's New Haven Line after Friday's afternoon rush hour.  The cars were a fixture on Metro-North Railroad trains for at least a half century. The cars, decked out with orange walls and faux wood paneling, are being retired Friday, because they cannot be coupled to the new fleet of train cars on the New Haven line. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

    Bar Cars Make Last Run On NYC-Area Commuter Trains

    STAMFORD, Conn.  — Last call came Friday for the bar cars on commuter trains between Manhattan and Connecticut, a final run for rolling taverns where city workers gathered for decades to play dice, find jobs and hold annual Christmas parties […]

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at her weekly news briefing Friday, May 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Democrats stand deeply divided over whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with party leader Nancy Pelosi calling the newest probe a "political stunt." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    New Benghazi Probe Inspires Partisan Animosity

    WASHINGTON — Despite Democratic complaints, Republicans jumped into a new election-season investigation of the deadly Benghazi assault on Friday, naming majority members of a special House committee. Democrats mulled a boycott of the panel, which is inspiring bitter partisanship before […]

  • FILE - In this July 25, 2012, file photo, then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies  on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two of President Barack Obama’s closest first-term advisers will soon spill insider details on the administration’s handling of the early days of the Great Recession, the White House’s cautious response to the Syrian civil war and the genesis of clandestine talks with Iran. The memoirs from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Geithner will be the latest installments in an often awkward Washington ritual: one-time confidants signing big book contracts to examine a presidency that is ongoing and policy decisions that still are being implemented. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Geithner: Suggested Clinton As Possible Successor

    WASHINGTON  — Timothy Geithner says in a new memoir that he considered stepping down as Treasury secretary in 2010 after the financial crisis and suggested Hillary Rodham Clinton as a possible successor.
    President Barack Obama rebuffed Geithner’s suggestion, and he remained […]

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner is asked about the special select committee he has formed to investigate the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The National Republican Congressional Committee has issued a fundraising pitch on its website asking people to become a "Benghazi Watchdog" by donating money to GOP election efforts. Boehner has said that the examination would be "all about getting to the truth" of the Obama administration's response to the attack and would not be a partisan, election-year circus. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Votes To Start New Benghazi Investigation

    WASHINGTON  — House Republicans on Thursday rammed through a measure opening a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats declared it merely a political ploy to raise campaign […]

  • No Plans For Obama-Putin Meeting At D-Day Events

    No Plans For Obama-Putin Meeting At D-Day Events

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both leaders attend next month’s events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
    But the White House isn’t criticizing […]

  • In this May 7, 2014, photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., leaves a closed-door Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington. Speaker of the House John Boehner has tapped Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, to chair a special select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Benghazi resonates with Republicans and remains a rallying cry with conservatives whose votes are crucial to the GOP in November's historically low-turnout midterm elections.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Set To Approve Another Benghazi Investigation

    WASHINGTON  — House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats […]

  • FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama listens as his nominee to become Human Services secretary, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Burwell appears Thursday, May 8 before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama HHS Nominee Gets First Turn Before Senators

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee to take over the federal health care agency – and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul – is making her first appearance before senators who will help decide her confirmation.
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell was […]


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