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  • FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo, Ruby Dee attends a special screening of "Frankie & Alice" in New York. Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 12, 2014, that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.  (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

    Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee Dead At 91

    NEW YORK — Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film “American Gangster.” She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. Age didn’t […]

  • U.S. Eyes New Aid To Iraq To Curb Insurgent March

    U.S. Eyes New Aid To Iraq To Curb Insurgent March

    WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation’s north, officials said Wednesday. But the Obama administration offered only tepid support […]

  • Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser, right, talks with Veterans Crisis Command Center volunteer Chuck Lewis, left, while he waits for an appointment Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at American Legion Post 1 in Phoenix. Stoesser was told on May 2, 2014, that he needs heart surgery. The American Legion has set up a crisis center in Phoenix to help veterans get medical care in a first-of-its-kind event in the American Legion's nearly 100-year history.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

    Senate Backs Bill To Improve Health Care For Vets

    WASHINGTON– The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records […]

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. Hagel faced angry lawmakers becoming the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Hagel Says Time Was Running Out To Save Bergdahl

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month’s prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the “last, best” chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. […]

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., listens at right as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor faces a challenge from a political newcomer backed by the tea party as Virginia voters go to the polls Tuesday for three congressional primaries. Cantor was once popular in the tea party but has now become its target.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    News Guide: Primary Elections Tuesday In 6 States

    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in five states, plus a runoff in Arkansas. Here are some highlights:

    TOP OF THE TICKET
    In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary to a little-known and underfunded tea […]

  • Congressman Eric Cantor, R-Va.,  stands beside his wife Diana, left,  and delivers a concession speech at his election night party in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost the GOP primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    House Majority Leader Cantor Defeated In Primary

    RICHMOND, Va. — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger who rolled to victory on a wave […]

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  • Ohio, Illinois Soldiers Among 5 Dead In Airstrike

    Ohio, Illinois Soldiers Among 5 Dead In Airstrike

    CINCINNATI — A relative says a 25-year-old soldier from Ohio was among five American troops killed in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.
    The cousin says military representatives went to the home of Justin Helton’s parents in Beaver, Ohio, early Tuesday to […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Dow Hits Record For Fourth Day

    NEW YORK – U.S. stocks finished nearly flat on Tuesday, although the Dow eked out another record closing high as utilities’ shares fell while 10-year bond yields hit their highest level in a month.
    Six of the 10 primary S&P 500 […]

  • An Afghan police officer stands guard during a campaign rally in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    5 US Troops Killed By Friendly Fire In Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 […]

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  • FILE - This May 14, 2014, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. Clinton says she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton says in an interview with ABC News airing June 9 that she remains undecided about another campaign in 2016. But she says the GOP-led Benghazi inquiry is "more of a reason to run" because she considers the multiple investigations into the attacks "minor league ball" for a country of the United States' stature. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

    Clinton: Benghazi Probes ‘More Of A Reason To Run’

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview airing Monday that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
    In an interview with ABC News, […]

  • Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

    Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

    WASHINGTON– It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.
    President Barack Obama welcomed the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams Monday for an event marking their NCAA championships. It’s only the second time a school […]

  • This Monday, June 9, 2014 photo shows the VA Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas. The medical center ranks high on the list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15, 2014 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday. (AP Photo/Valley Morning Star, David Pike)

    Audit: More than 57,000 Await First VA Appointment

    WASHINGTON — More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, […]

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  • FILE - This image made from video released by the Taliban and obtained by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl at left. Bergdahl, a U.S. Army soldier, went missing from his outpost in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was released from Taliban captivity on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five enemy combatants held in the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

    Bergdahl Says He Was Tortured By Taliban Captors

    PARIS — U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, […]

  • Trucker Charged In Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan

    Trucker Charged In Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan

    TRENTON, N.J. — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage were in critical condition Sunday, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a deadly chain-reaction pileup.
    The former “Saturday Night Live” […]

  • Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal 6-Car Pileup

    Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal 6-Car Pileup

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, hours after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware, authorities said.
    A limousine bus carrying […]

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    S&P 500, Dow End At Record Highs After Jobs Data

    NEW YORK – The S&P 500 and Dow ended at record highs for another session on Friday after the May payrolls report provided the latest confirmation that economic conditions were improving.
    Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial […]

  • Ukraine's President-elect Petro Proshenko (L) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during the commemoration ceremony for the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Sword beach in Ouistreham June 6, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko on Friday held their first face-to-face talks on the sidelines of a D-Day anniversary event in France and discussed a possible ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, a French official said.      REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool  (FRANCE)

    Putin, Ukraine Leader Break Crisis Ice At D-Day Event

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held their first talks on Friday since Moscow annexed Crimea, discussing ways to end their four-month conflict in a brief encounter during commemorations in France of the World War Two D-Day […]

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, center, talk after a group photo before a luncheon as they take part in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Benouville in Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Ukraine, U.S., Russia: 3 Men Face To Face At Last

    OUISTREHAM, France — The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian presidents spoke face-to-face about ending Ukraine’s violence, a diplomatic turning point that played out Friday along the blood-soaked beaches where the Allies battled for Europe’s peace 70 years earlier.
    The Kremlin said […]

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  • In this April 23, 2014 photo, Luke Gill, of Quicken Loans, left, talks with job candidate Jasmine Boykins at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. The government issues ist May jobs report on Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)

    U.S. Employers Add 217K Jobs; Rate Stays At 6.3 Pct

    WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
    Monthly job growth has now averaged 234,000 for the past […]

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center left, speaks with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., as senators emerge from a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Officials: Threat To Bergdahl’s Life Led To Action

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told senators it didn’t notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public, three congressional […]

  • Obama, Cameron Lay Down New Markers For Putin

    Obama, Cameron Lay Down New Markers For Putin

    BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid down new markers for Russia Thursday, giving Moscow a month to meet their conditions in Ukraine or face further sanctions.
    The new thresholds for action were spelled out at […]

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  • Analysis: Talks In Bergdahl Release Had Wider Goal

    Analysis: Talks In Bergdahl Release Had Wider Goal

    The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the […]

  • Blunt Reveals New Toughness In `Edge of Tomorrow’

    Blunt Reveals New Toughness In `Edge of Tomorrow’

    LOS ANGELES — What’s more scary, fighting aliens with Tom Cruise or singing in front of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp?
    Both brought butterflies to Emily Blunt’s stomach, which is how the 31-year-old actress knows when to take a role.
    “I like […]

  • Storms Hit Midwest, ‘Dangerous Evening’ Forecast

    Storms Hit Midwest, ‘Dangerous Evening’ Forecast

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Severe weather packing large hail and heavy rain rolled into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including states where voters were casting ballots in primary elections.
    The National […]

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  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Top Military Officer: Bergdahl Case Not Closed

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question during a joint news conference with Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski at Belweder Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama: Congress Consulted On Bergdahl Exchange

    WARSAW, Poland — President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier’s freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress “for some time” about that possibility. The […]

  • Workers assemble a wing for the Boeing 737-900 at their operations in Renton, Washington, October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Andy Clark

    U.S. Factory Orders Up, Rise In Unfilled Orders Largest In Five Months

    WASHINGTON – New orders for U.S. factory goods rose for a third straight month in April, pointing to strength in manufacturing and the broader economy.
    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new orders for manufactured goods increased 0.7 percent. March’s orders […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski gesture towards each other at a news conference at Belweder Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama: U.S. To Boost Military Presence In Europe

    WARSAW, Poland — The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions […]

  • FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

    Questions Loom Over Bergdahl-Taliban Swap

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Dow, S&P 500 End At Record Highs Again

    NEW YORK, – The Dow and the S&P 500 ended at record highs again on Monday as a closely watched read on U.S. manufacturing was revised to show more strength than initially indicated. It was the second straight record closing […]

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  • Supreme Court To Hear Ala. Redistricting Challenge

    Supreme Court To Hear Ala. Redistricting Challenge

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who say a Republican-drawn legislative map intentionally packs black Democrats into a few voting districts, giving them too little influence in the Legislature and shutting […]

  • White House Wants Delay In DOD Immigration Plan

    White House Wants Delay In DOD Immigration Plan

    WASHINGTON — The White House has asked the Department of Defense to delay a plan that would allow some immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain a limited path to citizenship by serving in the military.
    The decision […]

  • The coal-fired Plant Scherer is shown in operation early Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Juliette, Ga. The Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, in a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    Big Power-Plant pollution Cuts Are Ordered

    WASHINGTON — In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years. But it […]

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  • FILE - This May 28, 2011, file photo shows U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland. Monday, June 2, 2014, Obama begins a four-day trip to Poland, Belgium, and France against the backdrop of successful national elections in Ukraine. He will likely press European leaders to maintain pressure on Russia for its threatening moves in Ukraine, while seeking to dispel fears from Poland and other NATO allies that the West could slip back into a business-as-usual relationship with Moscow. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama To Urge Europe To keep Up Pressure On Russia

     
    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama will urge European leaders this week to keep up pressure on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, while seeking to assuage fears from Poland and other NATO allies that the West could slip back […]

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: Captive’s Life Was In Danger

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan– U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials […]

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (C), South Korea's Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin (3rd R), Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (2nd L) and other members of their delegations attend a joint meeting in Singapore May 31, 2014.   REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

    U.S. And China Square Off At Asia Security Forum

    SINGAPORE – The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the U.S. defense secretary accusing Beijing of destabilizing the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were “threat and intimidation”.
    Using […]

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  • Obama Welcomes Release Of Captured U.S. Soldier

    Obama Welcomes Release Of Captured U.S. Soldier

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is welcoming the release of the lone U.S. solider held in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
    During an appearance Saturday in the Rose Garden, Obama says that while Bergdahl was gone, “he was never forgotten.” The […]

  • Undated image from video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man who says he is Private First Class Bowe R. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in late June. REUTERS via Reuters

    Obama To Make Statement On Captured Soldier

    WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Saturday afternoon from the Rose Garden.
    The president is scheduled to speak at 6:15 p.m. EDT.
    Earlier Saturday, administration officials said that the only American soldier held prisoner in […]

  • FILE - This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

    Freed Soldier’s Hometown Makes Welcome-Home Plans

    HAILEY, Idaho — The news Saturday of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity spread quickly in his hometown in southern Idaho, and residents immediately began making plans for a welcome-home celebration.
    An annual event called “Bring Bowe Back” scheduled […]

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