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America celebrates Fourth with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music. Here are …


NY Gov. Cuomo: Captured convict ‘critical but stable’

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in “critical but stable” condition at an Albany hospital, New York …


Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?


9/11 commemoration held in open plaza

NEW YORK (AP) — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror …


Governor declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 15, 2014

Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for …


Washington wildfire burns through Alp-like terrain

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wind-fueled wildfire chased people from nearly 900 homes in Washington state as it burned through a landscape so reminiscent of the Alps a nearby village …


Port Authority: $10 WTC name rights sale shameful

NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday called a deal that sold the World Trade Center’s name rights to a nonprofit organization …


Colo. recalls show risk of supporting gun control

DENVER (AP) — Democratic voters in Colorado helped remove two state senators of their own party who voted for tighter gun control — an ouster that was both intensely local …


Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, the 12th state to take the step, as thousands of onlookers …


Afghan president says CIA payments to continue

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the CIA’s station chief in Kabul has assured him that regular funding the U.S. intelligence agency gives his …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2013

Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming …


Booker won’t run for NJ gov, eyes US Senate seat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, perhaps New Jersey’s highest-profile Democrat, has ruled out a bid for governor next year and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate …


Obama: He and Boehner ‘pretty close’ to a deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a …


Inouye’s death leaves hole in HI political clout

HONOLULU (AP) — The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa …


Unions plan new offensive after Michigan loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blindsided by a new law weakening union rights in Michigan, organized labor is preparing to target Republican governors in politically important states up for re-election in 2014 …


Scott plays up modest background, downplays race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — To U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, keeping his modest upbringing in the front of his mind has helped guide his swift ascent in South Carolina’s business and …


Hawaii’s Inouye, senator and war hero, dies at 88

HONOLULU (AP) — On Dec. 7, 1941, high school senior Daniel Inouye knew he and other Japanese-Americans would face trouble when he saw Japanese dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters …


Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution …


Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light. The nurse at the Army hospital in Michigan …


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys — one a …


Ohio governor spares condemned obese killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds …


Rep. Tim Scott picked to replace DeMint in Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to be the state’s next U.S. senator Monday, making him the only black Republican in Congress …


GOP official: SC Gov Haley to tap Scott for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate, a move that will make him the first African-American senator …


President’s pot comments prompt call for policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates …


Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand …


APNewsBreak: Texas cancer probe draws NCI scrutiny

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Cancer Institute confirmed Friday that federal officials are taking a closer look at a troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting effort in Texas that is under …


Michigan Senate OKs new emergency manager bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature cleared the way Thursday for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder to sign a replacement for an emergency manager law struck down by voters, …


APNewsBreak: Colo gov says time to talk gun laws

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper said “the time is right” for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile …


Calif Gov. Brown being treated for prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early stage prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday. The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course …