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  • Workers and volunteers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The number of confirmed dead has reached 24. More than two dozen people remain missing, authorities have said. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)

    More Mudslide Victims Found As State Seeks New Aid

    ARLINGTON, Wash.  — The official death toll from Washington state’s mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That’s up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.
    Workers are […]

  • An American flag hangs from the only cedar post left standing at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)

    Mudslide Missing Drops To 22; 24 Confirmed Dead

    DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say they believe 22 people are still missing in the deadly Washington state mudslide that has killed at least 24 people.
    That’s down from the 30 people they previously considered missing.
    The Snohomish County […]

  • This combination of undated family photos shows, from left, Amber Marie Rose,  Natasha Weigel, and Amy Rademaker. All three were killed in deadly car crashes involving GM's Cobalt during 2005-2006.  The complaint tally for the top-selling small cars in the 2005-2007 model years was: Corolla, 228; Cobalt, 164; Honda Civic, 60; Ford Focus, 25; and the Mazda 3, 19.  (AP Photo)

    GM Recall: Many Victims Were Young Drivers

    DETROIT  — As the deaths are tallied from General Motors’ delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young.
    In a way, this isn’t surprising. Low-priced cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn […]

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  • Julissa Esparza, 2, sleeps in the arms of her grandfather Leobardo Salazar, 58, as they wait in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have signed up for Obamacare in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS)

    Obamacare Website Stalls A Bit Before Enrollment Deadline

    WASHINGTON – The federal website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare ran into problems twice on Monday because of a surge of people trying to access the site hours before a midnight deadline to sign […]

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    Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Swell

     
    WASHINGTON  — In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, as deadline day for President Barack Obama’s overhaul brought long waits and a new spate of website ills.
    “This is like […]

  • A U.S. flag hangs at half-staff with Whitehorse Mountain behind,  during the early morning of Monday, March 31, 2014, at the fire station in Darrington, Wash. Crews have cleared a path through the muck and devastation wrought by Washington's deadly mudslide, making the painstaking search for victims easier. The makeshift road completed over the weekend links one side of the 300-acre debris field to the other.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    More Victims Found On East Side Of Mudslide

    DARRINGTON, Wash. — Crews searching through the muck and devastation wrought by Washington’s deadly mudslide are finding more human remains on the east side of the slide, near the town of Darrington.
    Steve Harris, a division supervisor for the search effort, […]

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  • The HealthCare.gov website is shown on a laptop in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Today is the deadline to sign up for private heath insurance in the online markets created by President Obama's heath care law or face a federal fines. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

    Health Care Website Stumbles On Last Day Sign-Up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new technical problem is preventing last-minute users from signing up on the government’s health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day.
    Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron […]

  • #1 Serena Williams Beats #2 Li Na For Sony Open Title

    #1 Serena Williams Beats #2 Li Na For Sony Open Title

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla.  — Serena Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday when she overcame a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.
    Williams surpassed the tournament record of six […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah at Rawdat al-Khraim (Desert Camp) near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014.  
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: POLITICS)

    President Obama Seeks To Reassure Saudi Arabia Over Iran, Syria

    RIYADH  – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi King Abdullah on Friday that he would support moderate Syrian rebels and reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran, during a visit designed to allay the kingdom’s concerns that its decades-old U.S. […]

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  • President Obama, President Putin Discuss Solution To Ukraine Crisis

    President Obama, President Putin Discuss Solution To Ukraine Crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine’s fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow’s purpose of turning its neighbor into […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses before answering a question Friday, March 28, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, during his first news conference since his nearly two-hour back and forth with reporters in January, a day after documents revealing that the traffic jams were politically motivated were made public. Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie's own probe has concluded that he was not involved in the plot to block traffic. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    NJ Gov. Christie On Major Push To Shed Scandal

    TRENTON, N.J.– Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal.
    The usually garrulous governor and possible 2016 presidential contender had avoided news conferences and interviews for more than two months […]

  • Obama To Putin: Pull Back From Ukraine Border

    Obama To Putin: Pull Back From Ukraine Border

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Worried about Moscow’s intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, […]

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  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey March 28, 2014. Governor Chris Christie on Friday said the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the "Bridgegate" scandal embroiling the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    Day After Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ Report, Port Chair, David Samson Resigns

    TRENTON, New Jersey – Governor Chris Christie on Friday said the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the “Bridgegate” scandal engulfing the potential 2016 […]

  • A woman picks up a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have signed up for Obamacare in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS)

    Obamacare Enrollment Tops Six Million As Deadline Looms: White House

    WASHINGTON – More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said […]

  • Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. as heavy equipment moves trees and other debris in the background. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

    Weary Mudslide Rescuers Battle Rain, Exhaustion

    DARRINGTON, Wash.  — Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed […]

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  • FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington. President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That’s a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international conference call with enrollment counselors and volunteers, while traveling in Italy. Monday is the deadline to enroll in the new insurance exchanges, although many people will still be able to take advantage of extensions announced this week.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

    Obamacare: More Than 6M Signed Up For Health Care

    WASHINGTON — Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama’s heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.
    The announcement – four days before open enrollment […]

  • A man waits in line to enter the UJA-Federation Connect to Care job fair in New York March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

    Fourth-Quarter Growth Raised, Jobless Claims Near Four-Month Low

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. economic growth was a bit faster than previously estimated in the fourth quarter, displaying underlying strength that could bolster views that the slowdown in activity early in the year would be temporary.
    The economic picture was also brightened […]

  • Obama Meets Pope Francis, Stressing Fight Against Inequality

    Obama Meets Pope Francis, Stressing Fight Against Inequality

    VATICAN CITY  – U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted growing gaps between rich and poor ahead of his first meeting on Thursday with Pope Francis, an event that was expected to focus on the fight against poverty and skirt moral controversies over […]

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  • FILE -  In a March 25, 2014 , file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting  in Belmar, N.J.     Christie says undergoing gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

    Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report

    TRENTON, N.J. — The lawyer hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to review a traffic-blocking scandal that has engulfed Christie’s administration plans to release his findings.
    The lawyer, Randy Mastro, has scheduled a news conference Thursday at his New York […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Tells Pope Francis He Is A “Great Admirer”

    VATICAN CITY– President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as […]

  • President Barack Obama, left, is welcomed by Archbishop George Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household, as he arrives at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Obama is the ninth president to make an official visit to the Vatican. His audience marks a change of pace for the president, who has devoted the past three days of a weeklong, four-country trip to securing European unity against Russia's aggressive posture toward Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    President Obama At Vatican For 1st Meeting With Pope Francis

    ROME  — President Barack Obama is holding a historic first meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff that the president views as a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality and the poor.
    Obama arrived at the Vatican Thursday morning amid the […]

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  • President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One upon his arrival at Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Looking For Kindred Spirit In Pope Francis

    ROME  — They speak the same economic language, focused on inequality and the plight of the underprivileged. One’s a spiritual leader; the other a political one. One’s popularity is stratospheric. The other, well, not so much.
    When President Barack Obama meets […]

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts after bing fouled while playing the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Pacers won 84-83. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Pacers Take Control Of Playoff Race With 84-83 Win

     
    INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers and Heat were in no mood to talk about the playoffs Wednesday night.
    It was about the only thing they agreed on.
    Indiana charged back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit, handing the two-time defending champs an 84-83 loss […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wraps up a news conference on his legislative agenda, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner touched on the Ukraine crisis, relations with Russia, the NSA surveillance program, jobs and other issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Lawmakers Rush To Pass Bill To Aid Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are rushing to get a bill to the president’s desk that would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and sanction those who had a hand in Russia’s takeover of Crimea.
    The House and Senate were poised […]

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  • Grim Reality: Some Slide Victims May Not Be Found

    Grim Reality: Some Slide Victims May Not Be Found

    DARRINGTON, Wash.  — Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington state’s deadly mudslide.
    Doug Massingale waits too, for word about his 4-month-old granddaughter. Searchers were able to […]

  • Millions Could Get Extra Time For Health Sign-Ups

    Millions Could Get Extra Time For Health Sign-Ups

    WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.
    The Health […]

  • Jury Convicts Bin Laden Son-In-Law On Terrorism Charges

    Jury Convicts Bin Laden Son-In-Law On Terrorism Charges

    NEW YORK – Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda leader’s actions in the days after […]

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, left, talks with Jerry Correa, 27, about his health care options while canvassing at a bus stop in Miami. Enroll America is a private, non-profit organization running a grassroots campaign to encourage people to sign up for health care offered by the Affordable Care Act. Despite Florida Republicans' efforts to fight the Affordable Care Act at every turn, more than 440,000 Florida residents had been enrolled through the federal marketplace through the end of February. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    Florida Overcomes GOP Barriers To Enroll Uninsured

    MIAMI  — Florida’s Republican leaders have fought the Affordable Care Act at every turn, banning navigators from county health departments, offering no state dollars to boost outreach efforts to 3.5 million uninsured and leading the fight to repeal the law. […]

  • Members of the US Secret Service's Counter Assault Team, known in the agency as CAT, are seen before boarding helicopters at a landing zone in Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, March 24, 2014. The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The three agents were benched for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama's arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president's security in any way.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Secret Service Agent Found Drunk In Hotel Room

    WASHINGTON  — A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at a Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands.
    Word of another […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a Democratic caucus luncheon. Reid said Democrats are likely to remove a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. He added that it appears that Democrats have agreed on a way to move the legislation forward without a provision affecting the International Monetary Fund. He says he feels strongly about IMF reforms, but that it’s important to assist Ukraine and hit Russia with sanctions over its military incursion into Crimea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate On Track To Pass Ukraine Aid Bill

    WASHINGTON  — The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Crimea.
    A Senate […]

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  • President Barack Obama is greeted by Belgian King Phillippe, left, and Belgian Prime Minister  Elio Di Rupo upon his arrival on Air Force One at Brussels International Airport, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Obama is visiting Brussels to attend European Union and NATO summits. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Prods Allies While Downplaying Russian Power

    BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is using Vladimir Putin’s audacious annexation of Crimea to make the delicate argument that Russia is no world power but that its actions threaten Europe’s order and demand a punishing international response.
    The president, stepping […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves as arrives from Air Force One at Zaventem airport in Brussels on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Obama is on a one day visit to Belgium to meet with EU leaders and visit the WWI Flanders Fields American Cemetery. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    3 Secret Service Agents Benched Before Obama Trip

    WASHINGTON  — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.
    The three agents were benched for “disciplinary reasons,” […]

  • A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    2 More Bodies Recovered From Washington Mudslide

    ARLINGTON, Wash.  — Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Washington state officials said.
    The official death toll rose […]

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  • This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

    HHS Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Health Care

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline.
    Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday […]

  • Washington Monument To Reopen May 12 After Repairs

    Washington Monument To Reopen May 12 After Repairs

    WASHINGTON — The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake.
    The park service says the remaining scaffolding around the monument will begin to […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, accompanied by fellow GOP lawmakers, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, following a GOP caucus lunch. From left are, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. Relenting to GOP objections, Democrats have decided to remove a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Dems Remove Hurdle To Clear Passage Of Ukraine Aid

    WASHINGTON  — Democrats backed down Tuesday and removed a hurdle blocking passage of legislation to aid Ukraine and sanction Russia for its bold military incursion into Crimea.
    With tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, Senate Democrats […]

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  • Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Birth Control Rule Seems To Divide Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama’s health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees’ preventive care plans.
    Peppering attorneys with […]

  • A derailed commuter train rests on an escalator at O'Hare international airport in Chicago March 24, 2014. REUTERS/NBC Chicago via Reuters

    Thirty-Two Hurt In Train Derailment At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

    CHICAGO – A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
    The Chicago Transit Authority train, a […]

  • 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 […]

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