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  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on the first day of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Evert-Jan Daniels, POOL)

    Obama Tries To Rally World To Isolate Russia

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — President Barack Obama gathered with world leaders in a day of delicate diplomacy, as he sought to rally the international community Monday around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine.
    Nuclear terrorism was the official […]

  • Jessica Wilt checks her work tablet as she sits in shared office and meeting space, Wednesday March 12, 2014 in New York. Wilt, 37, a former professional tap dancer who has freelance jobs managing a children’s dance program and arts grant programs, thought premiums would be too costly, but went back and found she had erred in projecting her 2014 earnings, and qualified for a much bigger subsidy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Millions On The Sidelines For Big Health Care Push

    WASHINGTON  — Alan Thacker wants health coverage, but he can’t get help in his home state of Georgia. Mary Moscarello Gutierrez no longer can afford insurance in New Jersey. Justin Thompson of Utah refuses to be forced into the president’s […]

  • Government: Education System Rife With Inequities

    Government: Education System Rife With Inequities

    WASHINGTON — Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that black children have the right to the same education as their white peers.
    But civil rights data released Friday by the Education Department reflect an education system rife with inequities for […]

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  • National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks during a briefing on President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 21, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Russia’s Aggression To Dominate Obama Europe Trip

    WASHINGTON — Pushing back against demands to supply arms to Ukraine, Obama administration officials said Friday that economic sanctions would remain the primary weapon as the U.S. and its European allies seek a diplomatic solution to Russia’s aggression.
    “Our interest is […]

  • FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

    Q&A: Am I Stuck In My Job’s Costly Health Plan?

     
    WASHINGTON  — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program […]

  • A soldier in an unmarked uniform stands guard at APC outside the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor's Office in Simferopol, Crimea, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The lower house of Russian parliament voted Thursday to make Crimea a part of Russia following Sunday’s Crimean referendum in which its residents overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia. (AP Photo/Maxin Vetrov)

    Putin: No Need For Further Retaliation Against U.S.

    MOSCOW  — President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for Russia to further retaliate against U.S. sanctions.
    Putin spoke after President Barack Obama ordered a second round of sanctions targeting about two dozen members of Putin’s inner circle and a […]

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    Black Preschoolers More Likely To Face Suspension

    WASHINGTON  — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools – even as tiny preschoolers.
    The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released […]

  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine, Thursday, March 20, 2014, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington before departing for Florida. President Barack Obama said the US is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. He also said he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S. to sanction key sectors of the Russian economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    U.S, Europe Sanctions Target Putin’s Iinner Circle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He […]

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, holds a clipboard with pamphlets while canvassing at a bus stop in Miami.  The Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide coverage for millions, is playing to decidedly mixed reviews in corporate America. Its impact on companies varies greatly, depending on factors such as a firm's number of employees and whether it already provides health insurance. Some businesses  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Health Care Law Has Uneven Iimpact On Companies

    Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. because of the health care overhaul, and the estimated $100,000 cost means she may have to raise prices or postpone opening a third restaurant.
    On the other […]

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  • Allies of the Russian president targeted by US sanctions include railways boss Vladimir Yakunin (left)

    Obama Hits Closest Putin Allies With Sanctions Over Crimea

    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – U.S. President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.
    The extension of visa bans and asset […]

  • A job seeker (C) talks to an exhibitor at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver April 9, 2013. The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week in a sign the U.S. labor market continues to improve at a moderate pace, the Labor Department said July 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT HEALTH)

    U.S. Jobs, Factory Data Show Improvement; Housing Lags

    WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits hovered near three-month lows last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region rebounded this month, suggesting the economy is regaining strength after being hobbled by severe weather.
    While other data […]

  • File- This March 13, 2014, file photo shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listening  on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing. In the aftermath of committee chairwoman Sen. Feinstein’s accusations that the CIA’s intimidating tactics and breaching of its constitutional authority for filing a criminal complaint against congressional aides, observers say the U.S. intelligence community and its congressional minders have committed serious missteps over the 13 years since the 9/11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Reid Asks For Computer Examination In CIA Dispute

    WASHINGTON  — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics […]

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  • FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows fashion designer L'Wren Scott at the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection launch party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Calif. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Manhattan. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

    Death Of Designer L’Wren Scott Is Ruled A Suicide

    NEW YORK  — The death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.
    An autopsy completed on the body of 49-year-old Scott found that […]

  • Obama Unleashing Power Of Data On Climate Change

    Obama Unleashing Power Of Data On Climate Change

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.
    Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something.
    “People need to understand what […]

  • FILE - In this March 17, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. For President Barack Obama, Russia’s aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing three central tenants of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment, and his inclination to proceed cautiously in the short-term in order to avoid creating larger long-term problems. The president’s strategy has failed to deter Russia’s Vladimir Putin, raising the question of whether Obama is willing to break from this mold or double-down.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Analysis: Russia Tests Obama Foreign Policy Tools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, Russia’s aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment and his inclination […]

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  • In this photo provided by KOMO-TV, a car burns at the scene of a helicopter crash outside the KOMO-TV studios near the space needle in Seattle on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The station says the helicopter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.  (AP Photo/KOMO-TV, Kelly Koopmans) MANDATORY CREDIT: KOMO-TV

    Seattle News Helicopter Crash: ‘Ball of flames’

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal official says witnesses reported hearing unusual noises from a KOMO-TV news helicopter before it crashed Tuesday, killing two people on board and injuring a third on the ground.
    The National Transportation Safety Board’s Dennis Hogenson says […]

  • TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10-Year Sentence

    TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10-Year Sentence

    CHICAGO — Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, “The Weight Loss Cure `They’ Don’t Want You to […]

  • Mick Jagger’s Designer Girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, Found Hanging Dead

    Mick Jagger’s Designer Girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, Found Hanging Dead

    NEW YORK (AP) — L’Wren Scott, who left her rural Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick […]

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  • In this Tuesday, March 11, 2014 photo, Sara Rodriguez looks over an Affordable Care Act brochure, in Houston. Rodriguez, like others who gathered to listen to a presentation about President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul, says she can’t afford insurance, even for $50 a month. With two young children and barely $400 of disposable income a month, she struggles to feed her family. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Texas Makes Final Push For Insurance Enrollment

    HOUSTON  — Sara Rodriguez recently received a $4,000 bill for a six-hour emergency room visit to treat a fever. She says she can’t pay, but she’s also not planning to buy health insurance through the new federal marketplace.
    Rodriguez, like others […]

  • FILE - This July 13, 1977 file photo shows comedian David Brenner. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, publicist Jeff Abraham announced Brenner has died at the age of 78. (AP Photo)

    David Brenner, Frequent ‘Tonight’ Guest, Dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other veteran comics could head straight to “The Tonight Show” couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up routine when he was a guest.
    Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why.
    “I […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said that Brown was arrested on an unspecified warrant on Friday, March 14, 2014. The 25-year-old singer remains on probation for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna and has been in court-ordered rehab for several months.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

    Authorities: Chris Brown Arrested On Warrant

    LOS ANGELES  — Chris Brown was arrested Friday and will be held without bail on a warrant issued by probation officials in the latest legal entanglement for the R&B singer who has struggled to put his 2009 attack on Rihanna behind […]

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  • FILE - At left, in a  June 13, 1997, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA Championship trophy aloft after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. in Chicago. At center, in a June 21, 2000 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson waves to the crowd as the Lakers and thousands of their fans celebrate their NBA Championship in downtown Los Angeles. At right, in a June 16, 1996 file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson hoists the NBA championship trophy after the Bulls beat Seattle in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Chicago. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics. (AP Photo/File)

    AP Source: Jackson To Be Introduced By Knicks

    Phil Jackson is returning to the NBA.
    Jackson has agreed to run the New York Knicks’ front office and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the […]

  • In this photo provided by the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Office is James Robert Jones, 59. Authorities say Jones, who escaped federal custody more than three decades ago, was arrested Thursday, March 13, 2014, when he showed up for work in Pompano Beach, Fla. He had been listed as one of the U.S. Army's 15 Most Wanted for escaping from a federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1977. (AP Photo/Broward County Sheriff's Office)

    After 37 Years On Lam, Killer Caught In Fla.

    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.  — In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life for himself in Florida, living under an assumed name, getting […]

  • Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Deportation Practices

    Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Deportation Practices

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of U.S. deportation practices to see whether immigration enforcement can be more humane, the White House said Thursday. In a meeting with Latino lawmakers, Obama said he was deeply concerned about the […]

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  • Both sides of a Nobel Peace Prize that was saved from possible destruction for the value of its gold. The 1936 medal is only the second Nobel Peace Prize to come to auction and marked the first time an individual from Latin America was recognized by the prestigious award.

    1936 Nobel Peace Prize To Be Auctioned In Maryland

    NEW YORK (AP) — A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawn shop is heading to the auction block.

    The award will be only the second Nobel Peace Prize to come to auction and marked the first time […]

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, looks for an open teammate past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Nets Beat Heat Again, Win 96-95

    MIAMI  — Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat […]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant watches from the sideline during first-half NBA basketball game action against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. Bryant won't be back on the court for the Lakers this season. The Lakers said Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, who determined that the left knee injury that has kept Bryant out of the lineup still hasn't healed. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)

    Kobe Bryant Won’t Be Coming Back This Season

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers declared Kobe Bryant out for the season, he already was thinking about how to make sure the Lakers will be much less miserable when he returns.
    Bryant expressed only mild frustration […]

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  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Intrigue At The Top: CIA, Senate Feud Goes Public

    WASHINGTON  — Secret reports. Vanishing documents. Whispers of crime, intimidation and cover-up.
    A quarrel between the CIA and the Senate that’s been rumbling beneath the surface for years burst into full view Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., laid it all […]

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    Steady Health Care Sign-Ups May Miss 6 Million Goal

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration said Tuesday it’s making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month.
    It […]

  • FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, right, leaves the courthouse with his lawyers Richard Scheff, left, and Ellen C. Brotman, not pictured, following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C. A military judge declined Monday, March 10, 2014, to dismiss sexual assault charges against Sinclair after reviewing what he said was evidence that political considerations influenced the military's handling of the case. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, James Robinson, File)

    General’s Court-Martial Is Thrown Into Jeopardy

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message about its determination to […]

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  • Graphic shows Gallup poll of U.S. adults who say they lack health insurance; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;

    Obamacare: Health Law Cited As U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops

    WASHINGTON  — The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics – a big pool of potential beneficiaries.
    With just three […]

  • This March 1, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. Sick of hearing about the health care law? Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes. Now is the time to tune back in, before it’s too late. The big deadline is coming March 31. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

    Last Call: The Health Overhaul’s March 31 Deadline

    Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don’t realize it.
    March 31 is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage and avoid a penalty for failing to obtain insurance for 2014 […]

  • Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse.

    Officer Says U.S. General Sexually Assaulted Her

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the U.S. military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year, illicit […]

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  • Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse following a day of motions, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Less than a month before Sinclair's trial on sexual assault charges, the lead prosecutor broke down in tears Tuesday as he told a superior he believed the primary accuser in the case had lied under oath. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, James Robinson)

    Accuser Takes Stand In General’s Sex Assault Case

    FORT BRAGG, N.C.  — Sobbing on the witness stand, the Army captain whose sexual assault accusations triggered the court-martial of a general testified Friday that they had a three-year affair and that he threatened to kill her and her family […]

  • In this Thursday, March 6, 2014, photo Jessica Palys, an enrollment counselor with Campaign for Better Health Care in Chicago, works with a new free online tool developed by a nonprofit group that uses actuarial data to estimate total annual costs for each health plan tailored to a consumer’s profile. The website, HealthPlanRatings.org, which offers Illinois consumers more information about insurance costs, could help address widespread confusion about choosing a plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Tool To Compare Health Plans Tested With Consumers

    CHICAGO — A website that offers Illinois consumers more information about insurance costs could help address widespread confusion about choosing a plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
    It can be frustrating […]

  • U.S. Announces Visa Restrictions On Russians

    U.S. Announces Visa Restrictions On Russians

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
    The […]

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  • Police Stopped Woman Before She Drove Minivan Into Ocean

    Police Stopped Woman Before She Drove Minivan Into Ocean

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean off Florida had talked about demons before leaving the house, according to her sister who worriedly called police, officials […]

  • Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Former IRS Official Refuses To Testify At Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.
    Lois Lerner headed […]

  • Debris is strewn about after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday, March. 4, 2014, in Ewing, N.J. Authorities say just three of seven people hurt in the gas explosion will need to be admitted to a hospital, and a hospital official says none has life-threatening injuries. PSE&G crews were repairing a gas line damaged by a private contractor when the gas ignited at the suburban town house development. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Woman Killed, 7 Hurt In NJ Gas Leak Blast

    EWING, N.J. — A gas leak and subsequent explosion destroyed at least 10 houses and damaged dozens of others at a suburban town house development Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring seven workers, authorities said.
    The body was not discovered until […]

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