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Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute ...

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Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure ...

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Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues

Apr 24, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.

Obama is speaking at a news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay). The two leaders say they are stepping up ...

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Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

Apr 23, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she believes that the outcome in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia.

Clinton, who is considering another run for president, says the United States and Europe need to do more to stand up ...

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NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

Apr 23, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Apr 23, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

The ...

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Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

Apr 23, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.

Americans for ...

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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Apr 23, 2014

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness,

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High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

Apr 23, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has ...

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Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

Apr 23, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles ...

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Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

Apr 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it might seek new criminal charges against one of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad in 2007.

On Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed an indictment against defendant Nicholas ...

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First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

Apr 23, 2014

By BRETT BARROUQUERE and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.

She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop ...

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Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man

Apr 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.

The justices in a 6-3 ruling Wednesday refused to overturn Robert Keith Woodall's death sentence for abducting and killing ...

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Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

Apr 23, 2014

By STEPHEN BRAUN and BEN FOX, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The ...

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Republicans in NC's Senate race trade few hits

Apr 22, 2014

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — The candidate in North Carolina's Republican Senate primary with backing from the party's Washington establishment came under little direct criticism Tuesday night as his top rivals had their first real chance to challenge him face to ...

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US clears Egypt for some military assistance

Apr 22, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

Secretary of State John Kerry informed Egypt's ...

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Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

Apr 22, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in ...

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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

Apr 22, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard ...

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Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

Apr 22, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order ...

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