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In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo an ambulance leaves the site of an explosion after a bomb blast tore through the trolleybus, background, in the city of Volgograd. A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. A spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, said in a statement that no motive had yet been found for killings on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk, which is the center of an administrative district created in 2010 to coordinate efforts to combat the insurgency. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, File)

Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — An Islamic militant group in Russia’s North Caucasus claimed responsibility Sunday for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 […]

01/19/2014

NATO International security assistance forces personnel investigate at the site of the Friday's suicide attack and shooting, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US condemns deadly Taliban attack in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is condemning a deadly Taliban attack in Afghanistan, saying there is “no possible justification” for killing people who worked to help Afghans achieve a brighter future. The U.S. also […]

01/18/2014

Incoming General Motors CEO Mary Barra introduces the 2015 GMC Canyon at media previews for the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students

DETROIT (AP) — The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science. Mary Barra’s first […]

01/12/2014

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Senators say rail safety agency to rule on train cameras

NEW YORK (AP) — Two U.S. senators say a federal rail safety agency plans to propose a rule regarding the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents. Charles Schumer of […]

01/12/2014

Workers pump 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, out of a 48,000-gallon tank at Freedom Industries, a chemical storage facility, in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The White House has issued a federal disaster declaration in West Virginia, where a chemical spill that may have contaminated tap water has led officials to tell at least 300,000 people not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes. The West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties. About 100,000 water customers, or 300,000 people total, were affected, state officials said. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)

4 hospitalized in W.Va. after chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A handful of people have been hospitalized and several hundred thousand remain without water after a chemical leaked from a storage tank in Charleston into the public water treatment system, state […]

01/11/2014

In this Oct. 21, 1998 file photo, Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, right, stands near but does not look at, or shake hands with, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at Wye Plantation, Maryland. Before becoming a candidate, Sharon proudly boasted he had never shaken hands with Arafat, and called the Palestinian leader a "murderer and a liar" in an interview with the New Yorker magazine. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. (AP Photo/Israel Government Press Office, File)

Ariel Sharon, Israel’s bulldozer in politics, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (AP) — It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body bobbing behind a wall of security men, the ex-general led a march onto a Jerusalem holy site, staking a bold claim to a shrine […]

01/11/2014

Calif. health exchange extends payment deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The agency running California’s health insurance exchange extended the deadline for payments until Jan. 15 following a surge in the number of consumers signing up for coverage. Covered California said on […]

01/05/2014

John Godzieba, left, playing the role of Gen. George Washington, walks behind his troops onto a dock during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Crowds relive Washington’s 1776 river crossing

WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) — George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. Washington’s daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. The 61st […]

12/26/2013

School testing

Urban schools improving faster than rest of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students in the nation’s largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The […]

12/18/2013

Oct. 16, 2013: An ATM sits next to a rack of marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana at The Joint, a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Study looks at marijuana demand in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state’s new legal pot system. Underestimate demand, […]

12/18/2013

Washington Navy Yard where gunman killed 12.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Navy plans new entry at DC building where 12 died

The Navy Yard building in Washington where a gunman killed 12 people will get a new visitor’s entrance and a renovated interior, including a “remembrance area” for the victims, a military spokeswoman said Monday. Building 197 […]

12/16/2013

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

House Republicans signal support for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government […]

12/11/2013

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