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  • Members of the Afghan Loya Jirga attend a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the United States if safety and security conditions are met. Karzai spoke as the 2,500-member national consultative council of Afghan elders known as the Loya Jirga started in Kabul on Thursday. The four-day meeting will discuss the bilateral security pact that defines the role of thousands of U.S. troops who will remain after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan President Wants To Defer Signing Of U.S. Deal

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president urged tribal elders Thursday to support a security deal with the United States that would keep thousands of American troops in the war for another decade. In a surprising about-face, however, Hamid Karzai said […]

  • VIDEO: SEC Probe: Political Intel vs. Insider Trading

    VIDEO: SEC Probe: Political Intel vs. Insider Trading

    An investigation by the SEC and the Department of Justice is getting snarled up in legal debate: When is political intelligence gathering by companies considered good analysis, or insider trading? Brody Mullins reports. Photo: Getty Images.

  • Afghan policemen pray while guarding the premises where thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet for a Loya Jirga on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Security in the Afghan capital tightened as thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet for a Loya Jirga Nov. 21, 2013 to debate a contentious security agreement with the United States. Without the agreement the United States previously warned that it will remove all its troops by the end of 2014 and an estimated $4.1 billion promised for Afghanistan's National Security Forces would likely be rescinded. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Afghan President Tells Elders He Backs U.S. Deal

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the United States if safety and security conditions are met. Hamid Karzai spoke as the 2,500-member national consultative council of […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with health insurance chief executives at the White House in Washington November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    Insurance Commissioners Raise Concerns About Healthcare Fix With Obama

    WASHINGTON – State insurance commissioners told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that his effort to stem a wave of insurance cancellations caused by his signature healthcare law could lead to higher premiums. Obama met with representatives from the National Association of […]

  • VIDEO: U.K. Man Walking Dog Finds $100,000 Floating In River

    VIDEO: U.K. Man Walking Dog Finds $100,000 Floating In River

    A U.K. man finds $100,000 floating in the river while walking his dog.

  • Actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who is accused of stalking him. He said that after they met she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Actress Convicted Of Stalking Alec Baldwin

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian actress who pined for Alec Baldwin was convicted Thursday of stalking him with yearning emails and phone calls that spiraled into showing up at his homes. So voluble during her trial that she was […]

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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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