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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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Report: US spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Jul 9, 2014

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national ...

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Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary

Jul 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who's considered a vice presidential contender in 2016.

The 71-26 vote makes ...

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Senators press for more sanctions on Russia

Jul 9, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican senators exasperated with the Obama administration's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine threatened on Wednesday to act unilaterally on new sanctions.

"What are we waiting for?" Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman ...

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Boehner non-committal on Obama immigration plan

Jul 9, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border. But the Ohio Republican also is being noncommittal on whether the House ...

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Nothing New in Worry Over Immigration

By | Jul 9, 2014

Here's a reality check on the immigration issue, which is coming to a boil across the country: It has been one of the most emotional problems America has faced for many generations, and it has always proven very difficult to solve. The same pattern holds true today.

Tens of thousands of undocumented ...

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Rejected! Yao Ming says no to wildlife trafficking

Jul 9, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming is putting on the full-court press against wildlife trafficking.

The former NBA star, a Chinese basketball icon, is working with top American and Chinese officials to stamp out global trade in endangered species and their parts.

Yao, who ...

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