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  • FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    President Obama To Drop Social Security Cut From Budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, […]

  • FILE - These Jan. 23, 2014 police booking mugs made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department show pop star Justin Bieber. The Associated Press and other media outlets are urging a judge to grant access to police videos made shortly after singer Justin Bieber’s arrest in January. The news organizations said in a motion filed Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Miami-Dade County court that the 19-year-old pop singer has no legal basis to prevent their release. Nine videos were made at the Miami Beach police station after Bieber was booked Jan. 23. One was previously released. Bieber’s attorneys have asked a judge to allow them to review the others before their potential release. A hearing is scheduled Thursday on the matter.  (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)

    Florida Judge To Review Bieber Video Before Release

    MIAMI (AP) — A judge said Thursday he will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber’s recent Miami Beach arrest to determine if some portions should be withheld from the public, particularly clips depicting the singer urinating into a […]

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, singer Chris Brown, right, arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. Lawyers for Brown are due back in a Washington court Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 to determine a date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge, but the singer won't be in town.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Man Sues Chris Brown, Bodyguard For Total Of $3M

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who says he was punched in the face by singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard during an altercation outside a Washington hotel is suing for $3 million.
    The civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court in […]

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  • President Barack Obama, left, gives a thumbs up as he poses for photos with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, center, and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The leaders met in part to highlight the economic cooperation that has grown since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) joined the U.S., Canada and Mexico 20 years ago.  (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

    Obama Pressed By Neighbors On Sensitive Issues

    TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — Pressed by North American allies on an array of politically fraught issues, President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to press ahead with stalled efforts to expand trade agreements for the Americas into Asia and overhaul fractured […]

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, file photo, travelers, with luggage in hand, make their way toward Terminal A at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.  The U.S Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, it is warning airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It's the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Homeland Security Warns Airlines Of New Threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle […]

  • Google aims to provide broadband in 34 more cities

    Google Aims To Provide Broadband In 34 More Cities

    SAN FRANCISCO  — Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company’s boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers.
    The ambitious expansion announced Wednesday targets Arizona, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North […]

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  • Donkey Democrat, Elephant Republican

    Democratic Senate Committee Outraises GOP In January

     
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ committee trying to keep the party’s majority in the Senate raised more money in January than its Republican counterpart.
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Wednesday it raised almost $6.6 million in the first month of […]

  • FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 workers, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday. Harkin, author of the Senate legislation, cited other research concluding that a higher minimum wage would create jobs, not reduce them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Budget Office: Wage Hike Would Lift Pay, Cost Jobs

    WASHINGTON — Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress’ nonpartisan budget analyst said […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour starting next year, during an event at the White House in Washington February 12, 2014. The order will affect workers starting on January 1, 2015, and applies to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts.
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    Obama Signs Increase In U.S. Debt Ceiling

    RANCHO MIRAGE, California – President Barack Obama signed legislation on Saturday that raises the U.S. debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November.
    Without an increase in the statutory […]

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  • A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered street, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Schools are closed across a swath of eastern New York from the mid-Hudson Valley to the Albany area as the region starts to dig out from 12 to 20 inches of snow dumped by the latest winter storm. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Another Messy Morning In Winter-Weary Northeast

    PHILADELPHIA  — Commuters faced slick, slush-covered roads on Friday after yet another winter storm brought snow and ice to the East Coast, leaving at least 21 people dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City […]

  • In this Feb. 12, 2014, photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., from left, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, talk as they wait in the majority leader's office, for a meting King Abdullah II of Jordan, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The meeting came after lawmakers voted on must-pass legislation to increase the government's debt limit and after their leaders decided to drop the parliamentary equivalent of a curtain on the voting until its outcome was assured  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Suspense In Senate: Debt Vote Shrouded In Secrecy

    WASHINGTON — Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line.
    Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line.
    So on perhaps the most important vote of the year, the […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Senate Clears Debt Limit Measure For Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to raise the federal debt limit and prevent a crippling government default cleared Congress on Wednesday with an awkward assist from top Senate Republican leaders who were forced into a politically treacherous vote engineered by tea […]

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  • Derek Jeter

    Yankees Star Jeter To Retire After 2014 Season

    NEW YORK  — To Derek Jeter, it was just another day to get ready for spring training.
    On a minor league field at the New York Yankees’ complex in Florida, he took batting practice, fielded grounders and chatted with teammates. And […]

  • Most States Lag In Health Insurance Sign-Ups

    Most States Lag In Health Insurance Sign-Ups

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most states are still lagging when it comes to sign-ups under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but an Associated Press analysis of numbers reported Wednesday finds a dozen high-achievers getting ahead of the game.
    Huge disparities are […]

  • A man walks past the Capitol Building in Washington December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    U.S. House approves ‘Clean’ Debt Limit After Republicans Drop Demands

    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama’s demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions.
    The 221-201 vote, carried mainly by […]

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  • Obama Speaks Out On Iran, Syria Struggles

    Obama Speaks Out On Iran, Syria Struggles

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama weighed into two international struggles Tuesday, vowing to come down like “a ton of bricks” on firms that violate sanctions against Iran and acknowledging that Syrian peace talks are far from reaching their goal.
    “There’s enormous […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a concession to President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers, Boehner said Tuesday the House will vote to increase the government's borrowing cap without trying to attach conditions sought by some Republicans. "We'll let his party give him the debt ceiling increase that he wants," Boehner said, hours before the expected evening vote.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    GOP To Advance ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Increase

    WASHINGTON  — In a concession to President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will vote to increase the government’s borrowing cap without trying to attach conditions sought by some Republicans. “We’ll let his […]

  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair nominee Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen will deliver the Fed's twice-annual report to Congress, starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 before the House Financial Services Committee and then Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    Yellen To Investors: Expect Continuity At The Fed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.
    Yellen told Congress that if […]

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  • Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve addresses the 29th National Association for Business Economics Policy Conference in Washington in this file photo taken March 4, 2013. Janet Yellen won confirmation from the U.S. Senate on January 6, 2014 to take the reins at the Federal Reserve as it seeks to delicately wind down its crisis-era stimulus. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files     (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

    In Cautious Testimony, Fed’s Yellen Says Labor Recovery Far From Complete

    WASHINGTON – New Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday the labor market recovery is “far from complete” despite a drop in unemployment, yet she said the U.S. central bank expects to continue trimming policy stimulus in measured steps […]

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    Govt Report: Cyber Attacks Not Coordinated

    WASHINGTON  — A multi-agency government task force looking into cyber attacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a coordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy.
    In a two-page report, the National Cyber Investigative […]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year. The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he's a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn't completed. And President Barack Obama's new policy says American suspected terrorists overseas can only be killed by the military, not the CIA, creating a policy conundrum for the White House.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    Obama Officials Weigh Drone Attack On U.S. Suspect

    WASHINGTON  — The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaida who is allegedly planning attacks on U.S. targets overseas underscores the complexities of President Barack Obama’s new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones.
    The CIA […]

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  • FILE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Keansburg, N.J., of residents whose homes in Keansburg, were heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Investigations into whether Christie had a role in causing traffic jams as political retribution could make advancing his agenda a challenge. The Republican governor is finding some Democratic legislators are more likely to push back against his proposals and appointees because they see him as weakened by the scandal.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    NJ Legislators Expand Christie Traffic-Jam Probe

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey legislative panel intensified efforts Monday to force two key aides to Gov. Chris Christie to turn over documents related to traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge as it authorized 18 more subpoenas.
    Recipients in […]

  • Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, November 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

    Bills To Legalize Medical Marijuana Introduced In Florida

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida state legislators introduced identical bills on Monday to legalize medical marijuana treatment in the 2014 legislative session, in a bid to win approval before a constitutional amendment on the issue comes up for a public vote in […]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Irving, Texas. Sam says he is gay, and he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

    Reports: Missouri All-American Says He Is Gay

    Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
    In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Sam said he came out […]

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  • As Republican leaders dampen hopes for overhauling immigration laws this year, the White House for now is betting that the display of GOP resistance is temporary and tactical and is resisting pressure from some allies to have President Barack Obama take matters into his own hands. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Obama Resists Pressure To Act Alone On Immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a president looking for a legacy piece of legislation, the current state of the immigration debate represents a high-wire act.
    President Barack Obama could act alone to slow deportations, and probably doom any chance of a permanent […]

  • FILE - This Aug. 27, 2013 file photo shows director and actor Woody Allen at the French premiere of "Blue Jasmine," in Paris. Allen is again denying he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow and is calling ex-partner Mia Farrow vindictive, spiteful and malevolent in an open-letter published online Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 by The New York Times. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    Allen Defends Self Against Farrow’s Abuse Claims

    LOS ANGELES  — In a nearly 2,000-word open letter punctuated with rhetorical questions and decades-old anecdotes, notoriously media-shy Woody Allen again defended himself against renewed claims that he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow 21 years ago.
    Allen’s response was published online […]

  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with reporters outside the Lakeland Flying Tigers visitor's clubhouse after reporting for his rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees in Lakeland, Florida in this file photo taken July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Audette/Files

    Yankees’ Rodriguez Drops Lawsuits Against MLB

    NEW YORK – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez on Friday abandoned a legal challenge to his record suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, according to court filings.In documents filed in Manhattan federal court, Rodriguez’s lawyers informed the court that […]

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  • Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Hoffman’s NYC Funeral Attracts Hollywood Stars

    NEW YORK  — Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor […]

  • Bernice King speaks during a news conference at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.  King is in a legal battle with her brothers over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Martin Luther King’s Children Battling Over Estate

    ATLANTA (AP) — A generation after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, his children are fighting among themselves again, this time over two of their father’s most cherished possessions: his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and the Bible he […]

  • The Fall 2014 BCBG Max Azria collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Fashion Week: Slushy Streets, Boots On The Runways

    NEW YORK  — New York welcomed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Thursday amid icy sidewalks, crosswalks piled high with slush and temperatures in the 20s.
    Even dedicated fashionistas mostly wore boots to attend the shows rather than stiletto pumps. And since designers were […]

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  • House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, greets Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, prior to Elmendorf testifying before the committee's hearing on the CBO budget and economic outlook.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    FACT CHECK: Anti-Obamacare GOP Chorus Is Off Key

    WASHINGTON  — New estimates that President Barack Obama’s health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who’ve claimed all along that the law […]

  • Map shows county data for number of uninsured under age 65; 5c x 6 inches; 245.5 mm x 152 mm;

    Finding Uninsured Americans By The Numbers

    WASHINGTON  — Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama’s health care law a chance.
    With time running out, it may not be so hard for the administration and its allies to find them. A study for The […]

  • This Jan. 15, 2014, photo, shows Katina Rapier of Chicago at Harold Washington College in Chicago during a signup event for the new federal health care law that was sponsored by Enroll America. Uninsured Americans are still procrastinating about President Barack Obama’s health care law. With less than 60 days left to enroll, can the administration find the millions of customers needed to sustain new insurance markets?  (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson)

    Administration Quest To Find The Uninsured

    WASHINGTON  — Uninsured Americans are still procrastinating about President Barack Obama’s health care law. With less than 60 days left to enroll, can the administration find the millions of customers needed to sustain new insurance markets?
    Geography could hold the answer, […]

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  • U.S. Deficit To Drop To $514B, Lowest Of Obama’s Presidency

    U.S. Deficit To Drop To $514B, Lowest Of Obama’s Presidency

    WASHINGTON  — The U.S. budget deficit is set to fall to $514 billion this year, down substantially from last year and the lowest level by far since President Barack Obama took office five years ago, a congressional report said Tuesday.
    The […]

  • FILE  - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, Larry Hasheider walks along one of his corn fields on his farm in Okawville, Ill. Cuts in food stamps, continued subsidies to farmers and victories for animal rights advocates. The massive farm bill heading toward final passage this week has broad implications for just about every American from the foods we eat to what we pay for them. Five things you should know about the legislation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    Senate Set To Send Farm Bill To President Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation’s farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.
    The Senate was expected to pass the […]

  • Child Dies After Being Found In Ship Pool Off N.C Coast

    Child Dies After Being Found In Ship Pool Off N.C Coast

    GREENVILLE, N.C. — A 4-year-old child has died after being pulled from a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the North Carolina coast.
    A 6-year-old boy also found in the pool Monday was revived and was flown to […]

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  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sits on stage during the Super Bowl hand-off ceremony on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square, as part of the Super Bowl lead up in New York February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS FOOTBALL)

    N.J. Governor Christie Aides Face Subpoena Deadline In Bridge Scandal Probe

    NEW YORK  – Top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie face a deadline on Monday to reply to document subpoenas made by state lawmakers investigating a traffic scandal that has threatened the Republican governor’s political future.
    Lawmakers are investigating an incident […]

  • Seahawks Beat Broncos 43-8 In Super Bowl

    Seahawks Beat Broncos 43-8 In Super Bowl

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Waiting to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy, the Seahawks were surrounded by security guards in orange jackets. It was the first time anyone in that color stopped them all night.
    The Seahawks stayed true to […]

  • Top Republicans Say They Stand By NJ Gov. Christie

    Top Republicans Say They Stand By NJ Gov. Christie

    High-profile Republicans were adamant Sunday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should not resign from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association after a recent claim from a former ally that there is evidence Christie knew about an […]

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