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  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections. Addressing Democratic donors at a...

  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of Congress to...

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old...

  • Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated. In a brief statement, the 24-member board said it...

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund...

  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Many reports of sexual attacks at Oklahoma women's prison were from ulterior motives, corrections chief says

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 13 hr ago

    At a Washington hearing, Oklahoma corrections director says some inmates used sexual assault and harassment reporting as a tool to get moved to a new cell or get someone punished.

  • New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. Because of complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, the...

  • US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: 20 hr ago

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this...

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama's long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it...

  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before...

  • Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a...

  • Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A single funeral caused many. Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that the Ebola outbreak was coming under control or at least plateauing in late May. Then came the funeral of a healer in Guinea. More than a dozen of the mourners...

  • Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow...

  • A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia. The sanctions imposed so far have not deterred Russia, but uncertainty over their long-term impact has caused economic growth...