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Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

AP Top Stories - 47 min 20 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care....
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Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

AP Top Stories - 56 min 10 sec ago
ATLANTA (AP) -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said....
Categories: Associated Press

More than 2M vehicles recalled 2nd time for faulty air bags

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 27 sec ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running....
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AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 6 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior....
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NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 18 min ago
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts....
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Woods out of top 50 for 1st time in more than 3 years

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 31 min ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods, coming off an 82 for his worst round as a pro, will be out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years....
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Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 51 min ago
GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) -- After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing - the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud....
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Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico

AP Top Stories - 1 hour 52 min ago
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning....
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Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers

AP Top Stories - 2 hours 45 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances....
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Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

AP Top Stories - 3 hours 29 min ago
BAGHDAD (AP) -- When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas....
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South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

AP Top Stories - 4 hours 18 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could - soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world....
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Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

AP Top Stories - 4 hours 40 min ago
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry....
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Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title

AP Top Stories - 5 hours 1 min ago
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova....
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Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

AP Top Stories - 5 hours 8 min ago
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee....
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Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

AP Top Stories - 6 hours 46 min ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down....
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Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

AP Top Stories - 6 hours 46 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) -- A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it....
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Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

AP Top Stories - 10 hours 12 min ago
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy....
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A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger

AP Top Stories - 10 hours 23 min ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting....
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Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in

AP Top Stories - 10 hours 44 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law....
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Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

AP Top Stories - 10 hours 51 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign....
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