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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Obama spurns GOP with immigration orders

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and … 0

Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. A hearing Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee featured an apology from the quality chief … 0

Overdose

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel met Thursday to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which usually cost 30 … 0

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license

Monday, November 17, 2014

CORCORAN, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison. The Kings County marriage license, viewed Monday by The Associated Press, was issued Nov. 7 for the … 0

Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

Monday, November 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible … 0

Kids without homes on rise

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high … 0

Beheading confirmed

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House on Sunday confirmed the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, a former soldier who tried to help wounded Syrians caught in a brutal civil war but ended up dying … 0

Seeking a better way

Sunday, November 16, 2014

On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. “One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females,” Kevin Murray told his players … 0

State Dept. computers hacked, email shut down

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that “activity of concern” was detected in the system around the same time as … 0

Chileans design a ‘bike that can’t be stolen’

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile — It’s a bicyclist’s dream: a bike that can’t be stolen. The “Yerka,” a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of bikes that can be locked … 0

Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military … 0

Prosecutors troubled by extent of military fraud

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fabian Barrera found a way to make fast cash in the Texas National Guard, earning roughly $181,000 for claiming to have steered 119 potential recruits to join the military. But the bonuses were ill-gotten because the … 0

Pronounced dead, 91-year-old Polish woman awakens

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WARSAW, Poland — A Polish doctor says she has been in “deep shock” since learning that a 91-year-old woman she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue several hours later. The doctor — identified in the media as Wieslawa C. — said on TVN24 television Friday that she … 0