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Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

Jul 18, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday.

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have ...

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US building case tying separatists to plane crash

Jul 18, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at least one American,

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Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

Jul 18, 2014

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission,

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FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

Jul 18, 2014

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ANN SANNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.

Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal — it is equivalent to 25 cups of ...

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Congressman Urges New Secession Vote in Eastern Ukraine

By | Jul 18, 2014

A Republican congressman says it’s time to resolve the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine, which on Thursday claimed the lives of nearly 300 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight, with an internationally monitored secession vote.

“It should be a no-brainer and yet it’s a no-no,” Rep. Dana ...

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Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

Jul 18, 2014

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is forgoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: A weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp ...

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Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

Jul 18, 2014

By DAVID EGGERT and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

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Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

Jul 18, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious ...

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15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

Jul 18, 2014

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.

The crew is working first to neutralize the raw material for sarin nerve gas, which makes up 581 metric tons of ...

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Clinton papers: Bin Laden, Haiti and Supreme Court

Jul 18, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton asked advisers for more information on Osama bin Laden in 1998 after flagging a newspaper story, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released Friday.

The records also detail consideration of ...

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Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

Jul 18, 2014

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press

The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election.

In the past ...

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Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

Jul 18, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police say a staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman has been arrested after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.

Ryan Shucard, press secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was arrested Friday ...

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US trying to determine why jet down in Ukraine

Jul 18, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and confirm whether Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia ...

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APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

Jul 17, 2014

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for ...

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Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

Jul 17, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.

The new program is ...

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Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

Jul 17, 2014

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told protesters Thursday he shared their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.

Biden was interrupted by protesters shouting, "Stop deporting our families," during a speech at ...

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US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

Jul 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Israel on Thursday of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks as Israel and Hama consider a cease-fire agreement.

Noting the deaths a day earlier of ...

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US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

Jul 17, 2014

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official said Thursday that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine.

The official said the U.S. was still working to determine ...

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Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

Jul 17, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

People sometimes need the information quickly to verify ...

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Glance: Airliners that have been shot down

Jul 17, 2014

By The Associated Press

As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down by the U.S. Navy and a South Korean airliner destroyed by a Russian fighter jet.

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