Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules
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Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes. American Indians have been pushing for years to revise the process, but proposed regulations nearing the finish line … Continue reading

Civil lawsuit to be filed Thursday in Michael Brown’s death
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Civil lawsuit to be filed Thursday in Michael Brown’s death

  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday night that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson. Attorneys for the family said in … Continue reading

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Noticing Nicola: SNP leader makes mark in race

  LONDON (AP) — She’s 5-foot-4, favors fuchsia suits and isn’t running in the British election. But make no mistake: Nicola Sturgeon is the biggest thing in U.K. politics right now. The leader of the Scottish National Party is likely to be the kingmaker after the May 7 vote, as opinion polls suggest neither major … Continue reading

Security officials face questions about gyrocopter stunt
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Security officials face questions about gyrocopter stunt

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers want security officials to explain how they determined that a small gyrocopter piloted by a Florida postal carrier didn’t pose a threat to the nation’s capital when it flew through restricted airspace. “Multiple weapons” were aimed at the gyrocopter, but officials decided not to bring it down in part … Continue reading

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
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US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

  DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming — and don’t require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed … Continue reading

In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade
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In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade

  CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe. With no central authority to stop it, business is booming, with smugglers charging ever more as demand goes up, then using the profits to buy larger boats and heavier weapons to … Continue reading

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NSU battles back against low enrollment

by Mahogany Waldon With the almost imminent closure of various Historically Black Colleges and Universities due to low enrollment and financial downfall, Black colleges across the nation are doing what they can to improve admission rates; Norfolk State is no exception. The university’s “First View” program will begin on April 18 and will give prospective … Continue reading

Guam rejects lesbian couple’s marriage license application
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Guam rejects lesbian couple’s marriage license application

  HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory. A Department of Public Health and Social Services clerk refused to accept an application filed by Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero. “It doesn’t mean I’m not sympathetic, but … Continue reading

White SC officer charged with murder in black man’s death
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White SC officer charged with murder in black man’s death

  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents. … Continue reading

Kenyan warplanes attack suspected militant positions
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Kenyan warplanes attack suspected militant positions

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said Monday. Some of the relatives of those who died gathered at a funeral home in Nairobi to view their loved ones. They prayed under an awning … Continue reading

Crowds gather for annual White House Easter egg roll
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Crowds gather for annual White House Easter egg roll

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama kicked off the annual White House Easter egg roll Monday and used the occasion to tout the fifth anniversary of first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to get kids to eat healthy and exercise. The theme of this year’s egg roll is #GimmeFive. Event participants are encouraged to identify … Continue reading

Clinton to start 2016 bid with focus on voter interaction
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Clinton to start 2016 bid with focus on voter interaction

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to launch her campaign for president sometime in the next two weeks and will initially focus on intimate events, rather than soaring speeches to big rallies, as her team looks to put her in direct contact with voters in states with early primaries or caucuses. The … Continue reading

Kenya attack survivor says gunmen had scouted the campus
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Kenya attack survivor says gunmen had scouted the campus

  GARISSA, Kenya (AP) — The Islamic extremists who slaughtered 147 people at a college in Kenya as they shouted “God is great” appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, survivors said Friday. Police on Friday were at the campus of Garissa University College, taking fingerprints from … Continue reading

Pace of US hiring weakens with just 126K jobs added in March
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Pace of US hiring weakens with just 126K jobs added in March

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a streak of 12 straight months of gains above 200,000. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent. Friday’s jobs report … Continue reading

Netanyahu: Israel Cabinet strongly opposes Iran nuclear deal
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Netanyahu: Israel Cabinet strongly opposes Iran nuclear deal

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in “strongly opposing” an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist. Iran and six world powers announced a series of understandings Thursday, with a … Continue reading