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A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings don’t necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court for the Affordable Care Act. And White House spokesman Josh Earnest immediately announced … 0

Calif. firm issues nationwide fruit recall

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesses caused by the fruit, and the voluntary recall was announced after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug … 0

Snake in a lake?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JEFFERSON, N.J. — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey’s largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water. Traps have been set in Lake Hopatcong, while animal control officers and a private reptile … 0

House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators. One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations. Procrastinators … 0

Silver and gold

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CINCINNATI — Deep-sea explorers recovered millions of dollars in gold and silver and a slew of personal items that are a virtual time capsule of the California Gold Rush, according to newly unsealed court documents obtained by The … 0

Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Congress’ deep reservations about President Barack Obama’s push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the administration’s plan. The Appropriations Committee endorsed Obama’s proposal to spend $500 million for a Pentagon-run … 0

Manning to begin gender treatment

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army’s request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get … 0

Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza pause

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered “humanitarian” pause to their 9-day-long battle, offering the most encouraging sign yet that the fierce fighting could come to an end. Israel’s bombardment of … 0

Winds fan Washington wildfire

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. — Driven by scorching hot temperatures and strong winds, a new central Washington wildfire threatened hundreds of homes Wednesday and sent up a towering column of smoke. The Chiwaukum Creek fire about 10 miles north of … 0

Batteries not included

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published … 0

Bogus cash pays for roads

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — If there’s anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it’s free money. The latest example of free money in Washington is a retread proposal called “pension smoothing” that raises … 0

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer’s disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks. The discovery could give a new target for … 0

US judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to abolish … 0