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  • First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:57:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:52:41 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

  • Review panel: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:51:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:47:15 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.

  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:46:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:45:54 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city.

  • Iraqi Kurdish troops battling IS open key corridor in Iraq

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:44:22 GMT

    KOBAN, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.

  • IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:37:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:34:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:33:41 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates.

  • Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:27:41 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached.

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:00 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into neighboring states.

  • Sheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:21:48 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.

  • Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:19:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.

  • Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:16:45 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:04:26 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.

  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:56:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

  • Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:53:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.

  • World War II bomb defused in German city

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:05 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:46:46 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.