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Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States

By Mike Wereschagin 12:41 a.m.
In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania’s post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation …

1986 Warhol self-portraits up for sale

By The Associated Press 12:24 a.m.
NEW YORK — Works by Pennsylvanian artists Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are among the highlights at auction next month. Sotheby’s is offering a 1986 …

AC/DC not disbanding, lead singer Brian Johnson says

By The Los Angeles Times 12:24 a.m.
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told a British newspaper that rumors of the band’s impending breakup are only that. “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” Johnson told the U.K.’s Telegraph. “We’re going to pick up some …

Recovery expert believes wreckage of missing plane located

By USA Today
The head of a water wreckage recovery firm says he believes searchers have essentially found the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 but are waiting for photographic proof before announcing it. “I think essentially they have found the wreckage site,” …

Census director defends changes, denies questions altered to inflate Obamacare success

By The Washington Post
The director of the Census Bureau said he is confident that changes in the wording of survey questions on health insurance will not diminish its ability to measure the effect of the Affordable Care Act. John H. Thompson, responding to …

Denver wife killed 12 minutes into 911 call, sparking inquiry

By The Associated Press
DENVER — Authorities were investigating on Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to …

Brutal CIA tactics deemed ‘valuable’ despite findings of leaked Senate report

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the Bush administration, Congress and the …

Hoax bomb case causes concerns  in Boston

By From Wire Reports
BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols on Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe …

Tea Party flap averted fraud probe by IRS, Justice, emails show

By USA Today
The very day before Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner made her fateful apology for the targeting of Tea Party groups last year, the agency and the Justice Department were in early talks to investigate tax-exempt political groups for possible …

Obama, House Republicans trade accusations in thwarting immigration reform

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Obama and House Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress a year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. On the one-year anniversary of …

Federal judge strikes down North Dakota abortion ban

By The Los Angeles Times
North Dakota’s law banning abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, striking down what critics had called the nation’s most extreme limit on the procedure. The law, which was approved last year but …

New York Police Department commissioner disarms post-9/11 intel program

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The move by New York City’s new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in dismantling some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built …

Bloomberg to spend$50M on gun-control initiative

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun- control supporters to the polls, he announced …

Vermont Senate OKs GMO labels as industry insists genetically modified crops are safe

By Reuters
The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states …

US Airways’ pornographic tweet won’t cost anyone a job

By USA Today
US Airways has apologized for mistakenly tweeting an extremely graphic pornographic image to one of its followers, but no one is going to lose a job. The incident on Monday made US Airways a trending topic on Twitter, bringing the …

‘Godfather’ of runaway salaries for elected officials sentenced in California

By USA Today
An astonishing case of small-city corruption ended on Wednesday as the longtime administrator of Bell, Calif., was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for paying elected officials lavish salaries and using the public coffers as a piggy bank for …

150-plus birds seized at fighting venue in W.Va.

By The Associated Press
OAKVALE, W.Va. — Law enforcement officials who cited two Mercer County brothers for staging cockfights say they seized six fighting roosters and more than 150 birds. The weekend bust was near Oakvale. Five people in all were cited on misdemeanor …

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

By The Associated Press
BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over …

Immigration activists threaten Obama, Democrats

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the United …

Bankrupt Detroit, retired cops, fire crews agree to deal that saves pensions

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — City officials reached a deal with a group of Detroit retired police officers and firefighters that would protect pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced on …