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Obama avoids calling terrorist attacks ‘Islamice_SSRq

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days since a deadly terror ...

Obama seeks $215M for precision medicine initiative

By The Associated Press 12:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors ...

Executive order directs standards to reflect climate change projections

By The Washington Post 12:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies — as well as state and local governments drawing on federal funds — to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that flooding will be ...

Romney opts out of 2016 presidential race, giving Jeb Bush boost

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush is suddenly the Republicans’ 2016 presidential front-runner, thanks to Mitt Romney’s decision Friday to forgo the race — but skeptical conservatives ...

Nation sick of Obama blunders, Perry tells state Republicans

By Salena Zito
Americans have had enough of domestic and foreign relations blunders perpetrated during President Obama’s six years in office, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday. ...

Tickets let players bring home bacon — scent

By The Associated Press
HOOKSETT, N.H. — New Hampshire’s new scratch-and-sniff lottery ticket is off to a sizzling start. The $1 bacon-scented tickets with a top prize of $1,000 ...

Day, night 4-digit drawings match

By The Associated Press 12:27 a.m.
LANSING, Mich. — One day’s Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double. The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Thursday afternoon and ...

Mideast-North Africa category considered for 2020 Census

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public ...

Teen girl Hernandez killed by Denver police once cited for resisting arrest

By The Associated Press 12:12 a.m.
DENVER — A 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car was accused in a separate incident of eluding a police officer and resisting arrest just three weeks before her death, court records ...

Alpha to idle two West Virginia coal mines

By The Associated Press
BRISTOL, Va. — Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says it has notified workers at coal mines in two West Virginia counties that the company plans to idle their operations. The decision will mean the loss of nearly 100 jobs. In an announcement ...

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in ’16

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House ...

Charges expunged against Butler County man in ’61 lunch-counter protest

By Natasha Lindstrom
Thomas Gaither recalls feeling a mix of nervousness and purpose as he led a peaceful march along Rock Hill, S.C.’s Main Street that clear-skied morning ...

Senators approve Keystone pipeline

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Senate approved legislation Thursday mandating construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama. In a 62-to-36 vote, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill seeking to force completion ...

Taliban 5 linking with Haqqani, Graham says

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that the Taliban released from Guantanamo in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar. ...

Judge orders nonprofit tax form release in case against IRS

By Natasha Lindstrom
In a precedent-setting move, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Internal Revenue Service must release a series of nonprofit tax forms in electronic, searchable ...

2 GOP senators to back Lynch for attorney general

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and ...

Obama calls for government spending surge

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the ...

San Francisco blaze kills Mission District resident

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Residents fleeing a spectacular blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a building in San Francisco’s ...

Former Idaho National Guard soldier’s benefits claims yield indictment

By The Associated Press
SEATTLE — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits. Investigators ...

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The American public and scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, ...