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German President Joachim Gauck speaks during the opening of the 50th Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The conference on security policy takes place from Jan. 31, 2014 until Feb. 2, 2014.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Ukrainian opposition leader pushes for support

MUNICH (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition leader said Friday that his country needs more than “vocal support” from the West and that he would push at a security conference for more active involvement to […]

01/31/2014

The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as "The Fist," Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit’s debt restructuring plan ‘complicated’

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s emergency manager has released what bankruptcy experts say is a “complicated” preliminary plan for restructuring the city’s debt. Now emergency manager Kevyn Orr is hoping to get Detroit’s creditors to give […]

01/31/2014

The new Caribbean Princess departs on its maiden voyage from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in this April 3, 2004 file photo. Federal health officials are investigating after an outbreak of illness has caused Caribbean Princess cruise ship to ends its trip early and returned to port in Houston late Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 more than a day ahead of schedule after more than 170 passengers and crew members aboard became sick. (AP Photo/Princess Cruises, Andy Newman, File)

Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

HOUSTON (AP) – A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not […]

01/31/2014

Kentucky State Fire investigators work at the scene of early morning house fire in Depoy, Ky. Thursday Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Child who survived deadly Ky. fire recuperating

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is recuperating from burns and communicating with her hospital nurses, a family friend said Friday. […]

01/31/2014

Keystone Pipeline Project

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) – The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The department’s report was released Friday. It […]

01/31/2014

This image released by the FBI shows a photo of Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis. Alexis, who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files. (AP Photo/FBI)

Gunman’s doctor before rampage: ‘No problem there’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people in last year’s rampage at Washington’s Navy Yard convinced Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that he had no mental health issues despite disturbing problems and encounters […]

01/31/2014

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House GOP question changes in flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The effort to delay huge increases in insurance premiums for homeowners in flood-prone areas faces a skeptical House chairman who is largely standing behind the changes Congress oversaw in the nation’s flood […]

01/31/2014

Newtown, Connecticut Town Seal

SC company apologizes for ad with Newtown photo

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A South Carolina company that has installed protective window coverings at the U.S. Capitol and other buildings around the world is apologizing for an email advertisement that used a photo of […]

01/31/2014

In this June 12, 2013 file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, that Nicole Maines should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom. The high court concluded that the Orono school district's actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, a state law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that’s believed […]

01/31/2014

This Jan. 9, 2014 file photo shows a mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. U.S. officials say the number of Air Force service members implicated in a nuclear-force cheating scandal has roughly doubled from the 34 initially cited by the Air Force. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the additional 30-plus airmen implicated in an investigation into cheating on proficiency tests are alleged to have participated in the cheating directly or were involved in some indirect way. (AP Photo/Robert Burns, File)

Air Force brass: Culture of fear led to cheating

WASHINGTON (AP) — A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military’s nuclear missile corps, according […]

01/31/2014

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Spear-wielding man shot, killed by LA deputies

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect wielding a metal spear and later a knife has been shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. Deputy Crystal Hernandez tells City News Service […]

01/31/2014

Fire burns at destroyed apartment complex near fertilizer plant explosion, West, Texas

2 Ohio firefighters killed in building fire

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two firefighters battling a blaze at an apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed on Sunday, city officials said. Firefighters Stephen Machcinski, 42, and James Dickman, 31, were killed while fighting […]

01/26/2014

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