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  • In this Oct. 1, 2013 photo, workers take calls for Vermont's health care exchange in Burlington, Vt. While much of the nation works to implement the health insurance exchanges under the federal health overhaul law, Vermont does that and also keeps its eye on a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces government-funded health care. The state has a planned 2017 launch of the nation’s first universal health care system, a sort of modified Medicare-for-all that has long been a dream for many liberals. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    As Health Marketplaces Open, Vt. Eyes Bigger Goal

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they’re a solution for health care, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.
    The state has a planned 2017 launch of […]

  • A sign is seen outside a Macy's retail store in San Francisco, California August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

    Macy’s Joins Barneys In Brewing NYC ‘Shop-And-Frisk’ Scandal

    NEW YORK  – New York’s civil rights leaders on Saturday angrily decried the city’s brewing “shop-and-frisk” scandal, in which two major retailers stand accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were detained by police after buying luxury items.
    “We’ve gone […]

  • Music producer Quincy Jones arrives at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California, in this file picture taken February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

    Producer Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson Estate Over Royalties

    LOS ANGELES  – Music producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson’s estate on Friday, seeking millions of dollars in royalties generated from some of the star’s biggest hits after the King of Pop’s death.
    Jones, who worked on Jackson’s three biggest solo […]

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  • VIDEO: Maria Mystery ‘Solved,’ Roma Girl’s Birth Mother Found

    VIDEO: Maria Mystery ‘Solved,’ Roma Girl’s Birth Mother Found

    Greek police, Interpol and charity organizations have confirmed the biological parents of a mysterious blonde girl found during a Roma drug raid.

  • Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI listens at left as Andy Slavitt, representing QSSI's parent company, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Healthcare.gov Failures Surface At Hill Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The leading contractors on the Obama administration’s troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.
    Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving […]

  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site, www.healthcare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    President Obama Calls Trusted Fixer To Help Health Care Site

    WASHINGTON  — When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles was overrun by demand, President Barack Obama assigned Jeffrey Zients, his deputy budget director, to help eliminate the backlog.
    When […]

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  • Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey celebrate after exchanging vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J.  history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    N.J. Governor Ends Gay Marriage Fight As Couples Wed

    TRENTON, N.J.  — Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle.
    Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the […]

  • Mourners hold candles to honor the memory of two workers who were killed during a train accident in Walnut Creek, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Two federal accident investigators arrived in the San Francisco Bay area on Sunday to examine the deaths of two transit workers who on Saturday, were struck by an out-of-service commuter train performing routine maintenance against the backdrop of a labor strike. (AP Photo/Eric Slomanson)

    SF Transit Strike Has Commuters Facing Gridlock

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day.
    At the same time, federal investigators were […]

  • President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    President Obama To Address Health Care Glitches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches.
    Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first […]

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  • 2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    2 Workers Die On Tracks Of Striking SF Bay System

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite a labor strike keeping trains out of service, two workers inspecting the tracks of a San Francisco Bay Area transit system were hit and killed by a train returning from a routine maintenance trip, officials said.
    The […]

  • A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    Source: JPMorgan In Tentative $13 Billion Deal With U.S. Justice Deptartment

    WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase & Co has reached a tentative $13 billion agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a range of mortgage issues, a source familiar with the talks said on Saturday.
    The tentative deal does not release the […]

  • Roxanne Sanchez, left, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, left, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers may go on strike at midnight unless management agrees to enter into arbitration to resolve a remaining issue, a union leader said Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    San Francisco Bay Area Transit Workers Call For 2nd Strike In 4 Months

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — People in the San Francisco Bay area faced a frustrating Friday commute as workers for the region’s largest transit system walked off the job for the second time in four months.
    Officials from both unions representing workers for […]

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  • President Barack Obama, center, and Vice President Joe Biden, center left,  meet with Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. Sitting with them are from left to right, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senators Seek Budget Deal, House GOP Effort Flops

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.
    Pressured […]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives democratic leadership walk away from the media after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Fiscal Talks Stumble As Lawmakers Race Against Clock

    WASHINGTON – Stop-start negotiations to end the U.S. fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching on Tuesday for a way to reopen the government and raise the country’s debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline.
    Fitch Ratings […]

  • FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Report: NSA Collecting Millions Of Contact Lists

    WASHINGTON  — The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world – including those of Americans – in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or […]

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  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada takes the elevator after a rare Senate session on Capitol Hill in  Washington, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Default Looming, Day 14 Of Shutdown, No Solution

    WASHINGTON  — The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets U.S. Senate Democrats in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 12, 2013. Pictured are (L-R) Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA). REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Senate Leader ‘Confident’ Fiscal Crisis Can Be Averted

    WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington.
    “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
    “I’m […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.  For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients can expect an historically small increase in benefits come January 2014.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

    Social Security Raise To Be Among Lowest In Years

    WASHINGTON — For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of roughly 1.5 percent, which would be among […]

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  • FILE Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. The Wisconsin veteran hasn’t let the federal shutdown shut Her down. Threat returned from active duty in Afghanistan in July. Since then, she’s been in the Army Reserve and working as a civilian at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin _ until last week when she was furloughed. Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program. As part of the effort to keep students safe while traveling to school, the veteran branch of the program is coordinated by the group No Veteran Left Behind. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Furloughed Workers Pinching Pennies, Volunteering

    They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war.
    And all of them have one thing in common: They were […]

  • Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Oct. 12 – Some US governors dish out cash to reopen national parks. Julie Noce reports

  • A concerned Julie Aldaz, left, general manager of the Red Feather Lodge, who has already had to layoff three employees, talks with Jane Gibson, housekeeping manager, about the dim prospects of Grand Canyon National Park reopening, as the park remains closed to visitors due to the continued federal government shutdown on Friday Oct. 11, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz.  Attempts by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to have the U.S. Department of the Interior open up portions of the park using state funds has hit a snag. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Federal Shutdown Staring To Ripple Through States

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — The federal government shutdown that has idled hundreds of thousands of workers is starting to ripple through states, which are now laying off employees and warning of thousands of additional furloughs if the budget stalemate is […]

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  • Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    Scott Carpenter, 2nd U.S. Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

    DENVER  — Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an […]

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Putin Says He Agrees With Obama’s Decision To Cancel Asia Trip

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia  – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he understood U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to Asia and would have done the same if faced with the same domestic challenges.
    Obama cancelled his visit […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Kerry is seeking to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America's commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Kerry Assures CEOs On US Role In Asia-Pacific

    BALI, Indonesia  — Filling in for an absent U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday sought to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America’s commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown […]

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  • Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Kerry, speaking at a joint press conference with Lavrov, Monday said that the United States and Russia are "very pleased" with the progress made so far in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stocks. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    Kerry Pleased With Syria Chemical Disarmament

    BALI, Indonesia  — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the United States and Russia are “very pleased” with the progress made so far in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks. And, he offered some rare, if qualified, U.S. […]

  • JPMorgan In Talks To Settle Government Probes For $11 Billion

    JPMorgan In Talks To Settle Government Probes For $11 Billion

    NEW YORK – JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks with government officials to settle federal and state mortgage probes for $11 billion, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

    The sum could include $7 billion in cash and […]

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  • A man who would identify himself only as a Navy Yard employee walks to lay a bouquet of flowers by an anchor outside of the closed Washington Navy Yard in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Gunman In Navy Yard Rampage Was Hearing Voices

    WASHINGTON  — The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was being treated for mental illness in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security […]

  • Nation Pauses On 9/11 To Pay Tribute To Victims

    Nation Pauses On 9/11 To Pay Tribute To Victims

    NEW YORK  — Life in lower Manhattan resembled any ordinary day on Wednesday as workers rushed to their jobs in the muggy heat, but time stood still at the World Trade Center site while families wept for loved ones who […]

  • A woman looks out at New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center from inside the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

    Somber U.S. Ceremonies Mark 12th Anniversary Of September 11 Attacks

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON  – Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies and pledges not to forget the nearly 3,000 killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, […]

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  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Terrance Gainer,  arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, to meet with Senate Democrats and Republicans on Syria, a day after an unexpected Russian proposal for Syria to avert a U.S. military strike by relinquishing control of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama Talks Syria Diplomacy, Fallback Airstrikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing military might and raising hopes it won’t be needed, President Barack Obama threw his support Tuesday behind a plan for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, even as he continued to […]

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a meeting with House members on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Talking Diplomacy In Syria, Obama Goes To Congress

    WASHINGTON  — With opposition to military action growing among Americans and lawmakers, President Barack Obama is heading to Congress on Tuesday with fresh hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria’s government to avert U.S. missile strikes if it […]

  • Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y

    Obama: I might Lose Congressional Vote On Syria

    WASHINGTON  — Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call […]

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry touches his head during a joint press conference with Britain Foreign Secretary William Hague at Foreign Office in London, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday renewed U.S. allegations that Syria's President Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack against his own people and said that Assad could resolve the crisis by turning over "every single bit" of his weapons arsenal to the international community within a week. Appearing at a news conference with William Hague, his British counterpart, Kerry quickly added that Assad "isn't about to do that."(AP Photo/Alastair Grant,Pool)

    U.S. Weighs Talk Of Syria Dumping Chemical Weapons

    WASHINGTON — Confronted by the threat of U.S. air strikes, Syria swiftly welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, capping a remarkable chain of events that started with a suggestion from Secretary […]

  • President Obama Trying To Sway War-Weary Public On Syria

    President Obama Trying To Sway War-Weary Public On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hitting the airwaves to try to convince Americans limited strikes against Syria are needed for the United States’ long-term safety, while Secretary of State John Kerry is vehemently defending the case against President […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to advance President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Divided Vote Foreshadows Obama Challenge On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in […]

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  • Senate Panel Votes To Authorize Force In Syria

    Senate Panel Votes To Authorize Force In Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.
    The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full […]

  • Obama: Congress, World Credibility On The Line

    Obama: Congress, World Credibility On The Line

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over how to respond to the […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry, center, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, prior to testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Kerry: No Troops On Ground In Syria Strike Plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is making one thing very clear when it comes to a potential military strike against Syria: There will be no American boots on the ground.
    Kerry went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to […]

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