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  • House report details EPA missteps in Colorado mine spill

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:54:17 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three states with arsenic, lead and other toxic substances has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill from the gold mine was possible, according to documents released Thursday by a U.S. House committee.

  • A look at what's next for the major players in Syria's war

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:54:14 GMT

    The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries met Thursday in Munich to discuss halting the fighting in Syria, while forces of President Bashar Assad are making some of their biggest gains against the opposition.

  • US says precise location of Iran's enriched uranium unknown

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:52:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official says the U.S. does not know the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel under the landmark nuclear agreement.

  • Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:47:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.

  • 3 Oregon occupiers apparently surrender; 1 refusing to go

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:43:15 GMT

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Three of the four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon apparently turned themselves in Thursday, a day after authorities moved in to the property nearly six weeks into the takeover and arrested a figure in the fight against federal control of public lands.

  • Puerto Rico pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:43:12 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.

  • George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:42:20 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:35:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

  • Israel appoints new head of Shin Bet security agency

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:34:48 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has appointed a new head of its shadowy Shin Bet internal security agency.

  • Canada says will seek United Nations Security Council seat

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:32:24 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will seek a United Nations Security Council seat as vacancies come up.

  • Trump settles lawsuit against Univision

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:31:33 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump and Univision say they have resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

  • John Lewis on Sanders' civil rights work: 'Never saw him'

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:29:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis on Thursday dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' 1960s work on racial equality, saying, "I never saw him. I never met him."

  • Lawyer: Seizing beach by Christie brother's home cuts access

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:29:13 GMT

    POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A proposed dune project at the New Jersey shore could cut off access to the beach for 22 property owners — including the brother of Gov. Chris Christie — a lawyer for homeowners fighting the project said.

  • New York City Council speaker seeks criminal justice reforms

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:26:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The speaker of the New York City Council vowed Thursday to push for criminal justice reforms, including the elimination of hundreds of thousands of outstanding warrants, to unclog the court system and shrink the inmate population to the point that officials could consider eventually closing the troubled Rikers Island jail.

  • Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:26:37 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

  • Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:22:51 GMT

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.

  • Clinton aims to reset campaign with focus on black voters

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:20:47 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to retool her 2016 bid.

  • Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:19:55 GMT

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants — and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a children's museum, a Mexican-American cultural center and new mixed-used buildings.

  • The Latest: Cliven Bundy charged with assault, conspiracy

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:19:17 GMT

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

  • Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:18:01 GMT

    MUNICH (AP) — The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.

  • Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:17:09 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.