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President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress on board with Obama’s Iraq plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the […]

08/13/2014

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Watchdog: Officials didn’t OK immigrant releases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they were […]

08/12/2014

Krystal Klacsan works Monday, July 7, 2014 at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle to apply a state-mandated frosted film to the front of a display case that will contain pot varieties when legal sales begin on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note. People bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, […]

07/08/2014

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Stevie Askew, a worker at Sea of Green Farms, packs recreational marijuana into blunts that will be sold in stores when legal recreational pot sales begin Tuesday, July 8, in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington state issues 24 marijuana shop licenses

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to open for business. “We’re pretty stoked,” said John Evich, […]

07/07/2014

This undated image provided by Lola Kemp shows missing hiker Karen Sykes, right, with her friend Lola Kemp. Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday June 20, 2014, for Sykes, a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday. She was working on a story at the time, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said. (AP Photo/Lola Kemp)

Friends mourn hiker who ‘showed us the way’

SEATTLE (AP) — Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman. […]

06/22/2014

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Orchestrated tales in ex-Blackwater guards’ trial?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense lawyers for the ex-Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad nearly seven years ago are raising the possibility that prosecution witnesses, with direction from Iraqi law enforcement investigators, […]

06/21/2014

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Washington Monument to reopen after nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused […]

05/11/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival for his three-day visit in Malaysia, at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang, Malaysia, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Obama pushes again for minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is again encouraging Congress to pass a bill raising the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says increasing the pay for […]

04/26/2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal […]

04/13/2014

Afghan men line up for the registration process before they cast their votes at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. The vote will decide who will replace President Hamid Karzai, who is barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama praises Afghans on presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that Afghanistan’s presidential election marks another milestone in the effort by the Afghan people to take full responsibility for their country as the United States and its […]

04/05/2014

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