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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

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at McGavock High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

On immigration, Obama doesn’t rule out legal path

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling a possible opening in the tense immigration debate, President Barack Obama indicated he may consider legislation that does not include a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people already […]

01/31/2014

In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama waves and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applauds after the president gave his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

White House warns Obama could go around Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. Obama faces a […]

01/26/2014

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

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

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

In this image from video provided by NASA the Cygnus resupply spacecraft approaches the International Space Station early Sunday Jan. 12, 2013. The spacecraft is expected to arrive on the station later this morning. It is packed with 3,000 pounds of equipment and experiments provided by NASA, as well as food and even some ants for an educational project. Christmas presents also are on board for the six space station residents; the delivery is a month late. (AP Photo/NASA)

Christmas delivery finally for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The six space station astronauts finally got their Christmas presents Sunday with the arrival of a privately launched supply ship that took an extra month to soar. The spacemen opened […]

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

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