July 30, 2014

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Climate change strategy called a shell game

Obama Exporting Pollution

  NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s energy leftovers to other parts of the world — where they create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing Read More…

Fall elections all about economy

Barb Allen leans on the railing of her front porch in Warren. The 50-year-old has been employed, laid off, re-employed and jobless in a single year’s span, illustrating the complicated nature of jobs statistics. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS — Ask politician, pundit and voter alike, and they all will tell you: The November election is about jobs. Job growth is both a key economic indicator and an easy issue for politicians to talk about when campaigning. Yet when the claims of Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald conflict, Ohioans Read More…

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

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PHOENIX (AP) — A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S. The execution of 55-year-old Joseph Rudolph Wood took so long that his lawyers had time to file an emergency appeal Read More…

A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17′s victims

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In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel and his Read More…

Obama’s health care law hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

President Barack Obama speaks at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington Monday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies. The Obama administration immediately declared that those policyholders would keep getting financial aid for their premiums as it seeks review of the ruling. Read More…

Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine, Friday in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama called for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, demands credible investigation of downed plane. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and Read More…

Putin calls for peace in Ukraine after plane crash

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ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country’s battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations — including Read More…

Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

In this March 25 photo, Kaylene Mann, right, and Jayden Burrows read a statement to the media about the loss of Rod Burrows, who is Kaylene's brother and Jayden's father.  (AP Photo/AAP, Dan Peled)

SYDNEY (AP) — In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine. Kaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Flight 370 when it Read More…

Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

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HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft. American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile brought the plane down Thursday but were still Read More…

Common Core standards divide governors

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, center; and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, right, talk before the closing session of the National Governors Association convention Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by several Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the classroom. The Common Core standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day meeting of Read More…