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  • Obama says Democrats are good for American government

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:13:48 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama praised Democratic lawmakers for having his back through some politically tough votes and encouraged supporters to help elect more of them in November.

  • Sotomayor: US high court needs more diversity, in many ways

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:59:14 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nation's highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court's makeup.

  • AP Analysis: Arab democracies? Not so fast, say some

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:53:39 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — A new-old idea is rattling around the Middle East five years after the Arab Spring stirred democratic ambition: that restoring stability, especially if accompanied by some economic and political improvements, should be reform enough for the moment.

  • Bangladesh al-Qaida claims responsibility for student death

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:46:15 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A banned Islamist group in Bangladesh tied to the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent has claimed responsibility for the killing of a student opponent of radical Islam.

  • Capture of man heightens scrutiny of psychiatric hospital

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:49:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The capture of a man found hiding under debris in the woods after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he was held because he was found too mentally ill to face murder charges comes amid heightened scrutiny of the facility.

  • Ted Cruz adds 21 delegates with Colorado sweep

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:28:42 GMT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz has locked up the support of 21 total Colorado delegates to the Republican National Convention, representing a majority of the delegates the state will send to Cleveland in July.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Clinton maybe likable enough _ next to Trump

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:05:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In any other election year, more than half the country holding an unfavorable impression of a candidate for president would be cause for alarm.

  • Senate bill draft would prohibit unbreakable encryption

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:04:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government access data on a computer or mobile device with a warrant.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:02:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

  • Experts tell NHTSA to slow down on self-driving cars

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:00:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers, safety advocates and even automakers have a message for federal regulators eager to get self-driving cars on the road: slow down.

  • Want to be a delegate to the GOP convention? It's not easy

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:58:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — So, you want to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention?

  • Military leaders struggle to navigate 2016's political swirl

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:50:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior military leaders take their political neutrality seriously. But this year's presidential election — with its forays into national security issues that have included proposals for carpet-bombing Syrian cities or waterboarding extremists — has America's top brass navigating a political minefield.

  • Taiwan president visits small island in show of sovereignty

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:42:05 GMT

    PENGJIA ISLET, Taiwan (AP) — President Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday visited a small island in the East China Sea to reassert Taiwan's sovereignty and its role in the contested region, one of the key issues of his administration that ends next month.

  • Man in torture-death case who fled hospital caught by police

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:27:44 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital where he was held after being found too mentally ill to face charges that he tortured a woman to death was found hiding under a pile of debris in the woods and apprehended without incident.

  • FBI shows new images of Arizona 'Most Wanted' fugitive

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:08:45 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — There is no reason to believe that a suburban Phoenix man who disappeared after the 2001 slayings of his wife and children is dead, authorities said.

  • Myanmar frees over 100 political prisoners, but jails 2

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:02:56 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 100 political prisoners in Myanmar have been freed under an amnesty ordered by the country's new de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as her first official act.

  • Sotomayor: Court needs greater diversity, in several ways

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:51:35 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Friday the nation's highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court's makeup.

  • N. Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:45:19 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that will give it the ability to stage nuclear strikes on the United States.

  • San Francisco police grapple with reducing fatal shootings

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:37:00 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fatal shooting of a homeless man came less than a minute after San Francisco police arrived in their patrol cars in response to a report of a knife-wielding suspect.

  • New scrutiny of psychiatric hospital with history of attacks

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:33:29 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Federal scrutiny has intensified on Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital as authorities 300 miles away went door-to-door handing out flyers searching for a patient accused of killing a woman who had escaped the 800-bed facility two days earlier by crawling through a window of a lower-security ward.

  • UN praises China's leadership in climate change deal

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:15:28 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The United Nations has commended China's "continued strong leadership" for backing a landmark international agreement to curb climate change.