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Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on ...

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Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides ...

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US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

Apr 17, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.

The department announced Thursday that it has sanctioned Tobaiwa (toh-BY'-wah) Mudede ...

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US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will send nonlethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there.

Hagel said at a Pentagon press conference Thursday that the military assistance to Ukraine will include ...

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Al From: Dems Need a 'Growth Agenda'

By | Apr 17, 2014

The Democratic Party needs to broaden its agenda to emphasize expanding the economy and not just dividing up the existing pie, according to a leader of the party’s modern centrist movement.

Al From, founder of the Democratic Leadership Council and now a private consultant, said the Democrats need a ...

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Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say

Apr 17, 2014

By CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul — even in this year's toughest Senate elections — given that enrollments are higher than expected and costs are lower.

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Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

Apr 16, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

The Association of ...

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Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

Apr 16, 2014

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., sided with consumer groups ...

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US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

Apr 16, 2014

By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its ...

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Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

Apr 16, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.

The Virginia Republican says Obama called him Wednesday to discuss Obama's desire for an ...

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Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

Apr 16, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying ...

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Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

Apr 16, 2014

By CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

Apr 16, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic ...

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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Apr 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

That's because more than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the hourly minimum, currently $7.25.

Those exclusions run from some workers with disabilities to ...

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Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

Apr 16, 2014

By ANDREW DEMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

The American Civil Liberties Union ...

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US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

Apr 16, 2014

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who ...

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Clinton White House documents to be released

Apr 16, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in ...

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Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

Apr 16, 2014

By JONATHAN MATTISE and BILL BARROW, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack ...

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House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

Apr 16, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

The Democratic ...

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