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US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane

Jul 22, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired ...

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GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee

Jul 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.

The campaigns of Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue ...

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Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.

Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and ...

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Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

It's unlikely that Washington ...

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Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Jul 22, 2014

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly ...

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Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

Jul 22, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt ...

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US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Obama spoke at a signing ceremony for bipartisan job-training legislation aimed at improving business engagement and accountability in federally funded ...

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Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs.

Pentagon documents show there were 161 ...

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FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.

The ban began 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement.

"Due to the ...

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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that ...

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Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its soil.

Chief of staff Denis McDonough and Obama's ...

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Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.

Tuesday's vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 12-6.

Among Republicans, treaty backers John McCain and John Barrasso joined ...

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Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Americans were heartbroken by the loss of so many citizens of the Netherlands in the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine.

Obama is visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and signing a condolence book for those who were ...

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Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

With just two weeks before lawmakers'

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White House, Press Spar Over Sources

By | Jul 22, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's honeymoon with the media is over.

Earnest clashed with reporters at his daily briefing after he criticized the Washington Post for using anonymous sources in a story regarding administration policy for dealing with undocumented immigrants from Central ...

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Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.

At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign ...

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2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2008 law to address human trafficking is at the center of the debate over the immigration crisis at the nation's Southern border.

The law was passed at a time when fewer than 10,000 unaccompanied minors showed up each year at the border. This year there are expected to be ...

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Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

Jul 21, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week ...

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White House reports drop in minors crossing border

Jul 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's ...

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Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

Jul 21, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered ...

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