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Emails: U.S. officials aware of Clinton’s private address
WASHINGTON — Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Departmen...
By Lisa Lerer and Matthew Daly The Associated Press FULL STORY
Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota
NEW YORK — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson’s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stat...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy
WASHINGTON — One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect — the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened. The vaccine Pandemrix never was used in the United States, and was pulled off the marke...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Cities show biggest water savings yet in the drought
SACRAMENTO — California’s drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday. Regulators hope the savings will last through summer as California communities are under order to cut water use by 25 ...
By Fenit Nirappil The Associated Press FULL STORY
Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions. Opposition withered as some counties complied with the d...
By Jay Reeves The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama aims to change conversation around the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it. Obama was headed to the Nashville, Tennessee-area on...
By Darlene Superville The Associated Press FULL STORY
Overcoming hostilities, U.S. and Cuba to open embassies
WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For President Barack Obama, the opening...
By Julie Pace The Associated Press FULL STORY
Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
BERLIN — Automaker Volkswagen says a robot has killed a contractor at one of its production plants in Germany. A spokesman for VW says the man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 62 miles north of Frankfurt. Heiko Hillwig said Wednesday the 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel
BERLIN — WikiLeaks has published a list it claims shows the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials other than Chancellor Angela Merkel. Reports two years ago that Merkel’s phone had been targeted by the NSA prompted diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washingto...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pope dolls, bobble heads up for sale months before U.S. visit
PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis is a doll. No, really. The people organizing the pontiff’s September visit to Philadelphia launched an online store Wednesday featuring papal plush dolls and bobble heads. The World Meeting of Families website features posters, T-shirts and life-sized cutouts depict...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Scores killed as Islamic State militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egyp — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government’s failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of t...
By Ashraf Sweilam and Brian Rohan The Associated Press FULL STORY
Confidential U.N. report positive on Iran nuclear reduction commitments
VIENNA — Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. Obtained by the Associated Press, the confidentia...
By George Jahn and Matthew Lee The Associated Press FULL STORY
Boy chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin. For years, he was whipped with belts, his face was burned with electrical wires and hi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Dolphin leaps onto boat, injuring California woman
SANTA ANA — A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles. Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on the vessel, knocking Frickman over...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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