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Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

Apr 21, 2014

By STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama went one-for-three shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and First Lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual ...

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NY court: US must release targeted killings memo

Apr 21, 2014

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have ...

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Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

Apr 21, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

The battle ...

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Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule

Apr 21, 2014

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his 2011 executive order that would have required random drug tests for as many as 85,000 state workers.

The ruling lets stand an appeals court decision that ...

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US justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case

Apr 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be searching for a middle ground in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.

The justices heard arguments Monday on a relatively narrow aspect of the issue, the question of whether a sovereign nation can be ...

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High court will hear case of mistaken traffic stop

Apr 21, 2014

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law.

The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from a North Carolina man ...

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Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

Apr 21, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.

The court said Monday it ...

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Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Apr 21, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

Biden ...

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Court won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban

Apr 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The justices had no comment Monday on their order declining to review the ruling that barred police from arresting people for ...

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GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

Apr 20, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million ...

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Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

Apr 20, 2014

By STACY A. ANDERSON

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.

Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church,

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Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

Apr 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.

Here's what the former justice tells ABC's "This Week"— "I think certainly it's natural and an appropriate thing to think about ...

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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Apr 20, 2014

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help ...

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Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

Apr 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its ...

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Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

Apr 20, 2014

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But with eight months ...

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Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

Apr 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.

The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville."

The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell.

Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe ...

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Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Each of the four countries on Obama's ...

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Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Apr 19, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support ...

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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

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Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

Apr 18, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as ...

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