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Clinton email dustup latest in ‘delete, erase’ era of gov’t

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before delete keys on computers, there were paper shredders, erase buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. Think Oliver North jamming a shredder with papers from an 18-inch stack of documents during the … Continue reading

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Campaign begins for most unpredictable UK election in years

  LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron paid a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II, then launched a most uncourteous attack on his main political rival as campaigning formally began Monday in the most unpredictable U.K. election in decades. The royal audience — possibly Cameron’s last as prime minister — came as Britain’s … Continue reading

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Rebel leader: Kiev blocks solution for eastern Ukraine

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel leader in eastern Ukraine on Monday accused the Kiev government of hampering a political solution for the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives. Andrei Purgin said in an interview with The Associated Press that the Minsk deal, brokered by Western leaders in February, has been “blocked” … Continue reading

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Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the … Continue reading

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Poll: Public unaware Obama’s health law is again in jeopardy

  WASHINGTON (AP) — With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is explained, most say it would hurt the country and they would look to … Continue reading

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Boehner, Pelosi see victories in fixing Medicare docs’ fees

  WASHINGTON (AP) — An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can. Boehner, R-Ohio, has taken the unusual step … Continue reading

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Japanese police arrest suspect in US Embassy bomb threats

  TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said they arrested a man on Thursday accused of making bomb threats against the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and media reports said he is also a possible suspect in recent death threats against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Tokyo police arrested Mitsuyoshi Kamiya, a resident of the southern island of Okinawa, … Continue reading

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Obama official: Congress should freeze its Iran penalties

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials told a House committee on Thursday that if a nuclear deal is struck with Iran, lawmakers should leave congressionally imposed sanctions in place for years. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said that sounded like part of a White House strategy to keep Congress out … Continue reading

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Opening statements due in Boston Marathon bombing trial

  BOSTON (AP) — Two dramatically different portraits of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to emerge when prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers give their opening statements at his federal death penalty trial. Was he a submissive, adoring younger brother who only followed directions given by his older, radicalized brother? Or was he a … Continue reading

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Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

  ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. The rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships, saved 941 people in seven separate … Continue reading

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Latest gay marriage ruling creates confusion in Alabama

  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of marriage in Alabama was thrown into confusion Wednesday as probate judges struggled to decide whether to follow the state high court’s ruling banning same-sex weddings or a federal judge’s earlier order to issue licenses. At least one probate office — in Mobile County, one of the state’s … Continue reading

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AP Sources: Democratic Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress and a tough, no-nonsense lawmaker who rose to the leadership of the powerful Appropriations Committee, will not run for re-election, Democratic officials say. The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, is set to make a statement at … Continue reading