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  • Medicaid Is Health Overhaul’s Early Success Story

    Medicaid Is Health Overhaul’s Early Success Story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as the rare early success story of President Barack Obama’s technologically challenged health overhaul. Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six […]

  • VIDEO: Sochi Olympic Torch Goes on a Spacewalk

    VIDEO: Sochi Olympic Torch Goes on a Spacewalk

    Russian cosmonauts took the Sochi Olympic torch on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Saturday. The torch will return to Earth on Monday. Photo: NASA

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo,  Charles Hannah lights Theresa Walker's candle, left,  at a candlelight vigil for Renisha McBride in the front of the home where she was shot in Dearborn Heights, Mich.  No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early Saturday in Dearborn Heights. According to police, the homeowner told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Protesters Call For Justice After Porch Killing

    DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — Protesters and civil rights groups are calling for justice after a suburban Detroit homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old woman on his porch. No charges have been filed after authorities said Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was killed […]

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry smiles  as he  arrives at Geneva International airport, Switzerland Friday  Nov. 8, 2013  for closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices.  Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. French, British and German foreign ministers are joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva, who is  coming "to help narrow differences in negotiations," according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. (AP Photo//Denis Balibouse,Pool)

    Kerry Mounts Diplomatic Push On Iran Nuclear Talks

    GENEVA (AP) — With a boost from Russia and China, Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a major diplomatic push Friday to reach an interim nuclear deal with Iran, despite fierce opposition from Israel and uncertainty in Congress. Kerry and […]

  • Kerry Meets Iran Foreign Minister To Close Gaps In Nuclear Talks

    Kerry Meets Iran Foreign Minister To Close Gaps In Nuclear Talks

    GENEVA – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks withIran on curbing its nuclear program and he began talks with Tehran’s foreign minister to try to clinch an interim deal. “I […]

  • A job seeker fills out forms at a table while attending a career fair with prospective employers in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    U.S. Jobs Market Dodges Blow From Government Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown, suggesting the economy was on firm footing and raising the prospect the Federal Reserve may soon decide to temper its bond-buying stimulus. Employers […]

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  • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa greets Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, prior to he testifying before the committee's hearing on problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Tavenner Says Web Site Improved And Improving

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior government official declined to say Tuesday if the administration will support legislation to fulfill President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that anyone who likes their health care plan will be able to keep it under the […]

  • Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials defended U.S. efforts in Syria Thursday against blistering criticism from Republicans who claim Washington has goals, but no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast. […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. Senate and House leaders, as well as Kerry, gathered on Wednesday to dedicate the Churchill bust, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the US and the United Kingdom. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. watches at right. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Kerry To Mideast, Europe On Damage Control Mission

    WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American […]

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  • FILE - In this June 19, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, arrive for a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin. Reports based on leaks from former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden suggest the U.S. has monitored the telephone communications of 35 foreign leaders. The fact that Merkel was among them has been particularly troubling to many in Europe and on Capitol Hill, given her status as a senior stateswoman, the leader of Europe’s strongest economy, and a key American ally on global economics, Iranian nuclear negotiations and the Afghanistan war.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    Spying Tests Trust Between Obama, Merkel

    WASHINGTON  — When President Barack Obama visited Berlin in June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a point of showing him a balcony in her office overlooking train tracks that crossed the border of her once-divided country – a symbol of […]

  • From left, National Security Agency Deputy Director Chris Inglis, National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General James Cole, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Permanent Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Lawmakers: U.S. Spy Programs May Have Gone Too Far

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far. The chairman of the […]

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a man is reflected in paneling as he speaks on his phone at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

    U.S. Weighing Changes After Allies Object To Spying

    WASHINGTON  — Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying, President Barack Obama and key lawmakers say it’s time to look closely at surveillance programs that may have gone too far. The White House is considering ending eavesdropping on […]

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  • Protesters March In Washington Against NSA Spying

    Protesters March In Washington Against NSA Spying

    WASHINGTON  – Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” […]

  • The US  flag  flies at f the main entrance of the US embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. European Union leaders on Friday vowed to maintain a strong trans-Atlantic partnership despite their anger over allegations of widespread U.S. spying on its allies. France and Germany insist new surveillance rules should be agreed with the United States by the end of the year.. On Thursday's opening day of the summit, the spying issue united the 28 EU leaders in criticizing the snooping  after allegations surfaced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had one of her mobile phones tapped by U.S. services. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Germany, France Want U.S. To Agree To Curb Spying

    BRUSSELS– Indignant at reports of U.S. electronic espionage overseas, the leaders of Germany and France said Friday they will insist the Obama administration agree by year’s end to limits that could put an end to alleged American eavesdropping on foreign […]

  • The U.S. embassy is pictured in Berlin October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

    U.S. Says Spy Charges Cause ‘Moment Of Tension’ With Allies

    WASHINGTON – The United States said on Friday allegations that U.S. intelligence agencies tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others in France and Italy have “posed a moment of tension” with some allies and should not undermine cooperation on […]

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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., mark the start of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, during an event with other lawmakers and people whose lives have been impacted by lack of health insurance, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. At left, Leslie Boyd, of North Carolina, clutches a photo of her son Mike Danforth who died of colon cancer in 2008, because he could not get health insurance for a pre-existing condition, a problem addressed under the new law.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Dems Worried By Health Law Rollout Woes

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats are worried about persistent problems with the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law – and one says the president needs to “man up” and fire those responsible. Rep. Richard Nolan, Democrat of Minnesota, emerged […]

  • U.N. chemical weapons experts, wearing gas masks, inspect one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus' suburb of Zamalka August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Abdullah

    NATO, Russia Could Play Role In Eliminating Syrian Chemical Arms

    BRUSSELS  – NATO and Russia could play a role in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles if they were asked to do so by the United Nations, said U.S., NATO and Russian officials on Wednesday. The destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons was discussed […]

  • President Obama To Allies: Stick With Health Law

    President Obama To Allies: Stick With Health Law

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. The […]

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  • An illustration picture shows Twitter logos on a computer screen in Frankfurt, October 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

    White House Official Fired Over Anonymous Insulting Tweets

    WASHINGTON – A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on […]

  • FILE - This April 15, 1997 file photo shows an Air Force missile crew commander standing at the door of his launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door meant to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes, Air Force officials told The Associated Press. The missiles stand in reinforced concrete silos and are linked to the control center by buried communications cables. The ICBMs are split evenly among “wings” based in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Each wing is divided into three squadrons, each responsible for 50 missiles.  (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

    Nuclear Officers Napped With Blast Door Left Open

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their […]

  • With the BART transit system on strike, people line up along the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building to catch a ferry to Oakland, Calif., during the afternoon commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Francisco. Frustrated bay area commuters started the work week Monday facing gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day, increasing pressure on negotiators to reach a deal that resumes train service. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Deal Reached To End Strike, San Francisco Bay Area Trains Running Again

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trains in the San Francisco Bay Area are running again Tuesday after a tentative deal capped six months of contentious labor negotiations and two strikes that upended hundreds of thousands of daily commutes. Limited Bay Area […]

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  • A general view of the White House in Washington September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    Obama Speaks To France’s Hollande About Spying Reports

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Monday about press reports disclosing alleged large-scale American spying on French citizens, the White House said in a statement. “The president and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures […]

  • France Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Spying Report

    France Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Spying Report

    LUXEMBOURG/PARIS  – France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency. The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records risked […]

  • Morning commuters walk on Wall Street in New York's financial district September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Despite Debt Drama, U.S. Still Outshining Europe

    LONDON – If Wall Street’s record high is a signpost, the U.S. economy has every chance of pulling further ahead of a stuttering Europe despite new battles to come in Washington over the government’s budget and debt ceiling. Far from […]

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