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US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government ...

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Kerry: Crisis in Israel, Gaza, needs de-escalation

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is trying to stem the surging violence in Israel and Gaza in a way that allows the Jewish state to continue defending itself from Hamas rocket fire.

Kerry, in Beijing for a summit with Chinese leaders,

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Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

Jul 10, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Faced with awkward immigration optics in Texas, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to ...

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Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

Jul 10, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence ...

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Homeland chief to presses $3.7B border request

Jul 10, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson is making the case to Congress for President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to deal with a flood of unaccompanied child immigrants that's overwhelming the Border Patrol ...

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AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have ...

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Obama to border critics: 'This is not theater'

Jul 9, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied ...

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APNewsBreak: Different attackers in Benghazi?

Jul 9, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who ...

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Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

Jul 9, 2014

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior administration officials said Wednesday as President Barack Obama urged Congress to move ...

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Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

Jul 9, 2014

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.

About 40 percent of ...

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Dog Rescued By Cory Booker Dies

By | Jul 9, 2014

It’s a sad end to a feel-good story.

“Candy,” the female pit bull rescued in June 2013 by then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, has died.

Booker, now a U.S. senator, helped save Candy after a constituent tweeted that a dog was being tortured and locked in a small crate in a vacant lot.

The mayor ...

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Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

Jul 9, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

The Nevada Democrat used ...

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Biden to speak at liberal Netroots Nation

Jul 9, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention.

Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 ...

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Improper payments by federal government top $100B

Jul 9, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to ...

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Obama raises money for absent Colo. senator

Jul 9, 2014

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a tough race for re-election, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall chose the benefit of President Barack Obama's fundraising prowess Wednesday over the pleasure of his company.

He could have had both.

But he opted to work in Washington while ...

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Udall stays away as Obama raises cash for campaign

Jul 9, 2014

By JULIE PACE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Colorado Democrats to throw their support and their money behind the state's Sen. Mark Udall, who is locked in a tight re-election bid. But the senator himself was nowhere to be seen, having decided at ...

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GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

Jul 9, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items.

A House ...

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Secret Service starts K-9 patrols near White House

Jul 9, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Planning a visit to the White House? Bring your kids and camera. But please, don't feed the animals.

The Secret Service has started deploying specialized canine units to help protect the area around the White House grounds, where tourists flock ...

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White House: Stop Calling People Addicts

By | Jul 9, 2014

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released its 2014 National Drug Control Strategy on Wednesday, encouraging a softening of labels for people who abuse drugs and the expansion of local drug court programs.

National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli, the ...

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