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In a Dec. 9, 2013, file photo Chelsea Clinton speaks during a CGI Clinton Global Initiative Latin America event at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clinton, in an address at a national conference Sunday Jan. 16, 2014, in Las Vegas, called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues "the unfinished business of the 21st century." (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, file)

Chelsea Clinton says gay rights have made progress

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and […]

02/16/2014

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AP Exclusive: Misconduct forces more soldiers out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that […]

02/15/2014

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From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress

DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent   WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at […]

02/09/2014

Competitors race in the 2nd Stumptown Birkebeiner cross country ski race in the Peal District Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Portland, Ore.  Organized by Win Goodbody, the event brought approximately 30-40 people to race through the streets of northwest Portland. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino)

Stores close early as twin storms sock Northwest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Northwest residents absorbed the second blow of a 1-2 winter punch Friday by taking a snow day and keeping their cars in the garage. In downtown Portland, streets coated with a […]

02/07/2014

Keystone Pipeline Project

Keystone XL foes undaunted by State Dept. report

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents were pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into […]

02/01/2014

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

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

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

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks to the press at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Two Syrian delegations, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian opposition, are meeting together with the Joint Special Representative. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Syria antagonists in ‘half-steps’ of peace talks

GENEVA (AP) — In painstakingly choreographed encounters, Syria’s government and opposition faced each other for the first time Saturday, buffered by a U.N. mediator hoping to guide them to a resolution of the country’s devastating […]

01/25/2014

This image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, right, and Tech. Sgt. Justin Richie, a 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron team trainer, riding in a work cage on Nov. 20, 2012, inside the T-9 maintenance trainer at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. In taking a deep look at trouble inside U.S. nuclear forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is searching for the root causes of recent Air Force missteps but also for ways to make the nuclear warrior’s job more attractive when the military has turned its attention away from such weapons. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Beau Wade)

Hagel seeks root cause of nuke missile problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — In taking a deep look at trouble inside U.S. nuclear forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is searching for the root causes of recent Air Force missteps but also for ways to make […]

01/25/2014

In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Struggling to generate second-term momentum, Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic opportunity in America, asserting in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink the income gap between the rich and the poor. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool, File)

In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress […]

01/25/2014

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