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  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine...

  • Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    Updated: 2 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...

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    Updated: 2 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...

  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    Updated: 3 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...

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get...

  • Contract decision for Oklahoma City airport rental car center shuttle is disputed

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    An attorney says a local company’s experience was undervalued in the selection of an operator for the service.

  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a...

  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Updated: 7 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: 9 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: 11 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: 12 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...

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery. The new pay raises reflect what Obama...

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    Updated: 13 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: 13 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: 14 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...

  • Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013. According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday for a...

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

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 15 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: 16 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 sanctions firms, individuals for aiding Iran

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. The action is part of the Obama administration's effort to show...

  • White House: No change to US terror warnings

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level. That's after British authorities raised their terror threat level. Now it is at severe, the country's second highest level. The decision is related to developments in Iraq and Syria, though...

  • American Dream turned nightmare: 40 hour work week grows to 47-60 hours

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The old “9 to 5” work week is becoming about as obsolete as the American Dream, says the Washington Examiner. A new Gallup poll finds that economically-stressed Americans are now working an “average” of 47 hours, with a growing number clocking 60 hours or more. “Adults employed full time...



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