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    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says GOP health care bill has ‘room for improvement’

    The health care bill introduced by Republican lawmakers that could replace Obamacare has "room for improvement," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday.
  • Germany: Putin accepts Merkel contact group idea

    BERLIN (AP) – The German government said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday accepted a proposal by Chancellor Angela Merkel to set up a “contact group” aimed at facilitating dialogue in the Ukraine crisis. Merkel raised the idea in a phone conversation in which she accused Putin of breaking international law with the “unacceptable Russian […]
  • California governor unsure legal pot is good plan

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California Governor Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned. If pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation’s most populous state, Brown said he worries it could […]
  • Md. case could lead to lawyers at bail hearings

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners _ not judges _ who set their bail without an attorney present. The state’s court system has drawn criticism from legislators, judges and advocates for the poor, nonviolent offenders. They say every defendant has the right to an attorney, even […]
  • Proposed cuts pack big impact for Wisconsin city

    WASHINGTON (AP) – To see the impact of strategic military decisions on local communities, look no further than Marinette, Wis. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s vision for leaner, more versatile military targeted the littoral combat ship, the marquee product of the city’s biggest employer. That could mean lost jobs in Marinette, a city of roughly 11,000. […]
  • Obamas attend dance recital for daughter Sasha

    NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are attending their youngest daughter’s dance recital at an arts center in the Maryland suburbs of the capital. The recital for 12-year-old Sasha was Saturday evening at the Music Center at Strathmore. The arts center is located in North Bethesda, Md., about […]
  • GAO report: Too few pilots or too little pay?

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation’s regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don’t pay enough. A pool of qualified pilots is available, but it’s unclear whether they are willing to work for low entry-level wages, the Government Accountability Office said in a report […]
  • Gay marriage fight pits Texas AG vs. gay friend

    WACO, Texas (AP) – When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend’s bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today. Their friendship is now at an extraordinary junction: Phariss, […]
  • USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year. The Agriculture […]
  • Officials: Al-Qaida plots comeback in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Al-Qaida’s Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to relaunch his war-shattered organization once the United States and international forces withdraw from the country, as they have warned they will do without a security agreement from the Afghan government, U.S. officials say. Farouq al-Qahtani al-Qatari has been cementing local ties and bringing in […]