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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the tarmac following their arrival on Marine One helicopter at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to begin their weekend vacation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Obama's trip to Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to […]

03/08/2014

Pro-Kremlin demonstrators dressed in WWII army uniforms and carrying replicas of Soviet Army WWII banners reading, Ukrainian Front, march in central Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 2, 2014 to express support for the latest developments in Russian-Ukrainian relations. Banners are those of units that were liberating Ukraine from Nazi occupation during WWII. (AP Photo)

World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Warning that it was “on the brink of disaster,” Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of […]

03/02/2014

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Issa: Ex-IRS exec to testify on tea party scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee expects to hear firsthand from the former official at the center of what the government has acknowledged was the improper targeting of tea party groups claiming tax-exempt status. Lois […]

03/02/2014

Keystone Pipeline Project

Pipeline protesters arrested at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police are arresting a couple hundred people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The protesters were mostly college students who […]

03/02/2014

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Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to show momentum on a top legislative priority, President Barack Obama is appearing next week with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an […]

03/01/2014

President Barack Obama arrives to speak about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Obama's statement comes as his administration is expressing growing concern over Russian intentions in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blunt warning Friday to Moscow against military moves in the country's southern Crimea region that could further inflame tensions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US calls on Russia to withdraw forces from Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine by pulling his forces back to bases in the country’s Crimean region and to refrain from […]

03/01/2014

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

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