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  • Alaska pot activist in dispute with neighbor

    18 December 2014, 2:59 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana is involved in a dispute with a business neighbor that's prompted a flurry of restraining orders. Marijuana activist Charlo…
  • Sheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft

    18 December 2014, 2:11 pm by: JACQUES BILLEAUD

    PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's decision to…
  • New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

    18 December 2014, 2:10 pm by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would normalize relations…
  • Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS

    18 December 2014, 2:04 pm by: RAPHAEL SATTER

    LONDON (AP) - A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. Internet watchdog Citizen Lab says an attempt to hack into systems operated by dissidents…
  • White House fires back at Rubio over Cuba criticism

    18 December 2014, 2:00 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    The White House on Thursday took a direct shot at Sen. Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American and Florida Republican who has emerged as the most vocal critic of the administration's move this week to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. A clearly prepared…
  • Obama to hold end-of-year press conference Friday

    18 December 2014, 1:46 pm by: Dave Boyer

    President Obama will hold a traditional end-of-year news conference Friday at the White House before leaving on a 17-day vacation in Hawaii. The president will take questions from reporters before departing with his family on Air Force One to Oahu, where the…
  • White House may welcome Cuba's Raul Castro to Washington

    18 December 2014, 1:31 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    On the heels of a historic deal to mend relations with Cuba, White House officials on Thursday would not rule out the possibility of Cuban President Raul Castro visiting Washington. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Obama…
  • State lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

    18 December 2014, 1:26 pm by: MARC LEVY

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers' willingness to stop taking gifts from lobbyists, state contractors and other people who want to influence state government is about to be tested. Lancaster County Sen. Lloyd Smucker said Thursday that he will…
  • Michigan man wins big appeal in gun ownership case

    18 December 2014, 1:20 pm

    HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Michigan man who can't buy a gun because he was briefly treated for mental health problems after a divorce in the 1980s. Clifford Tyler of Hillsdale says his constitutional right to bear…
  • Obamacare critics who are fighting subsidies sue administration again, over public records

    18 December 2014, 1:12 pm by: Tom Howell Jr.

    Obamacare critics who took the administration all the way to the Supreme Court over the law's subsidies have sued once again — this time, because it says federal officials are "stonewalling" its request for public records about how it developed the…
  • Director of religious school group named UW-Madison lobbyist

    18 December 2014, 1:04 pm by: SCOTT BAUER

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The director of a group that advocates for religious and private schools was named Thursday as the new lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison at a salary 14 percent higher than his predecessor's. The hiring of Matt Kussow as…
  • Rand Paul agrees with Obama: Opening up Cuba is 'a good idea'

    18 December 2014, 12:18 pm by: David Sherfinski

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the U.S. starting to trade with Cuba is "probably a good idea," and the embargo against the country "just hasn't worked. The comments, made a day after President Obama announced a normalization in relations between the communist…
  • John McCain blames Obama for lax cybersecurity in Sony hack attack

    18 December 2014, 11:55 am by: Dave Boyer

    Critics said Thursday that Sony Pictures' decision to cancel a movie release in the face of cyberattacks directed by North Korea will encourage more costly attacks, and a top Senate Republican laid the blame squarely on the Obama administration. Sen. John…
  • House Oversight report: Social Security judges could be wasting billions in disability appeals

    18 December 2014, 11:42 am by: Tom Howell Jr.

    The Social Security Administration allows certain judges to stay on the job despite rubber-stamping nearly all of the requests for benefits they see, sometimes from people who've already been denied two times, a scathing report by House investigators said…
  • Actress Diane Guerrero writing memoir

    18 December 2014, 11:25 am

    NEW YORK (AP) - Through her own story, Diane Guerrero wants to change the lives of others. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that the Colombian-American actress known for "Orange is the New Black" and "Jane the Virgin" is working on a memoir scheduled…
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes threatens to take Rand Paul to court if he tries to run for two offices

    18 December 2014, 10:55 am by: David Sherfinski

    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes threatened a legal battle if GOP Sen. Rand Paul tries to get his name on the ballot in 2016 in both his race for re-election and in the race for president. "The law is clear," Ms. Grimes told WHAS-11. "You…
  • John Boehner previews 'new American Congress' in Christmas poem

    18 December 2014, 10:43 am by: David Sherfinski

    The office of Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, released a video Thursday of Mr. Boehner reciting a slightly modified version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to preview the 114th Congress, which will be sworn in next month and will feature a new…
  • Colonial Heights mayor to step down Jan. 1

    18 December 2014, 9:22 am

    COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (AP) - Colonial Heights Mayor C. Scott Davis plans to resign Jan. 1 and begin a new job with the city. Davis has been named interim director of planning and community development. The Progress-Index (http://bit.ly/1AiFj4E ) reports that…
  • Colin Powell on Cuba: Time now to turn that 'page of history'

    18 December 2014, 8:45 am by: David Sherfinski

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that it's "time now to turn" the "page of history" on U.S.-Cuba relations, but that pressure on the Castro brothers will remain going into the future in the wake of the announcement that the U.S. will…
  • Penny Pritzker on Cuba: 'This is a process'; we're 'still subject to an embargo'

    18 December 2014, 8:23 am by: David Sherfinski

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Thursday that there are still practical limitations in place even as President Obama announced a sweeping plan to normalize relations with Cuba on Wednesday. "This is a process — this is not just opening up…

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