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  • Lawmakers hear heated testimony about sex-orientation bill

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:44:34 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who had waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in the state.

  • EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:37:19 GMT

    More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:32:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

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    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:30:22 GMT

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  • USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:24:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

  • Denver police shoot, kill woman who struck officer with car

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:56:43 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Two Denver police officers shot and killed a young woman who struck and injured one of the officers in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

  • New Mexico appeals court hears assisted suicide case

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:56:14 GMT

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives?

  • Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:52:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress.

  • US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.

  • Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights in Iraq

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:41:26 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada's government denies they're involved in combat.

  • Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:32:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday.

  • UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:20:46 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.

  • GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:19:20 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Republican Party's most sought-after donors appear content to let things shake out a bit before making a commitment to any one candidate.

  • Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:10:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.

  • Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:09:47 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor to be hospitalized overnight

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:09:20 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will spend the night at a hospital with flu-like symptoms after being rushed there when he fell ill at an event Monday morning, a spokesman said.

  • Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:08:05 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak's two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly heavy-handed police force.

  • Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:01:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago.

  • 5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.

  • Rates on US Treasury bills mixed at weekly auction

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:53:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction with rates on six-month bills unchanged while rates on three-month bills dropped to the lowest level since October.

  • Quadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:49:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys?