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  • First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, during an event for caregivers of veterans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Michelle Obama Announces Veterans Employment Center, One-Stop Job Site for Vets

    WASHINGTON—Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with... Read more

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    Boston Marathon: One Year to the Finish Line

    BOSTON —At the Boston Marathon finish line, “Everything is different. Everything about being a spectator, everything about running it. Everything feels different this year,” Randy... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama steps down the ramp upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Obama Opens Japan Trip at Famous Sushi Restaurant

    TOKYO— President Barack Obama is getting a lesson in the art of sushi making at a famous Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations. But Obama and... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Obama Starts Four-Nation Asia-Pacific Trip in Japan

    TOKYO—President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West’s dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama... Read more

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    US Dependence on Corn Could Reach Popping Point

    Corn is huge business in the United States, but can it last? If soil depletion has the same negative impact on the U.S. industry as... Read more

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    Democrats Make Women Equality a Midterm Election Issue

    WASHINGTON—The Democrats and the President want to make the pay disparity between men and women an issue in the upcoming midterm elections, putting Republicans on... Read more

  • Fans adorn the Pat Tillman statue with American flags in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks following the NFL season opening game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Pat Tillman Foundation, Run: Ex-Ranger Recalls Friendly Fire that Killed NFL Star

    Pat Tillman, a former NFL star who enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Ranger, died 10 years ago on April 22. One of the... Read more

  • Jose Alvarenga, center, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) national organizer, and joined others reads a statement from the organization on the campus of the University of Michigan regarding the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza )

    Michigan Affirmative Ban is OK, Supreme Court Says

    WASHINGTON— A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a... Read more

  • Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    Obama Surveys Mudslide Scene, Mourns With Those Who Lost Loved Ones

    OSO, Wash.— Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than... Read more

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    Pledge of Allegiance Lawsuit: Family Sues NJ School District Over ‘Under God’ Phrase

    FREEHOLD, N.J.—A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children. The... Read more

  • SSG Daniel Pina from Los Angeles, California with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division patrols in the foothills outside of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank on March 31, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    US Examining Plans Plans for Lower troop Numbers in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON—The White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year, a U.S. official... Read more

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    Milwaukee Public Market: Explosion Forces Evacuation on Tuesday

    An explosion at the Milwaukee Public Market on April 22 has forced an evacuation. The explosion was underground and reported by construction crews who were nearby... Read more

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    Trenton Funeral Shooting: 2 Shot at Cagney Labon Roberts Funeral in New Jersey

    At least two people were shot and wounded at the funeral of Cagney Labon Roberts in Trenton, New Jersey, on Tuesday afternoon. The Mercer County... Read more

  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Pitbull ‘Get It Started’: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Odd Conspiracy Theory Emerges

    Conspiracy theories about the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 still abound, with one saying that rapper Pitbull made a “prediction” about the plane going... Read more

  • Democrats Ask 15 Cities for 2016 Convention Proposal

    WASHINGTON—The Democratic National Committee has asked Chicago, New York and 13 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016. The... Read more

  • Vice President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with the ambassador in Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt (L) as Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya (C) looks on, after landing at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 21014. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    Biden Says US Will Help Ukraine Rebuild (video)

    Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing crisis Ukraine, urging leaders the United States is prepared to assist in the rebuilding of its government.…... Read more

  • A bomb threat was made to the Haley Center in Auburn University, prompting an evacuation. (Google Maps)

    Auburn University: Bomb Threat at Haley Center; Evacuation, Lockdown at AU in Alabama

    A bomb threat was made to the Haley Center in Auburn University, prompting an evacuation. According to the AU Alert Twitter feed at around 11:45... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on before their trilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands. Obama’s travels through Asia this week will underscore the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and to the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan)  KOREA OUT

    Obama Visit to Asia Seen as Counterweight to China

    TOKYO— President Barack Obama’s travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye... Read more

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left,and  Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk  smiles for the cameras during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. In the most high-level visit of a U.S. official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden told leaders from various political parties that he brings a message of support from President Barack Obama as they face a historic opportunity to usher in reforms.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Biden: Russia Must ‘stop Talking and Start Acting’

    KIEV, Ukraine— U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that “it’s time to stop talking and start acting” to reduce tension in Ukraine,... Read more

  • Police ID 2 Men Killed in Stabbing at NY Apt.

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.— Authorities have released the names of the two men who died after being stabbed inside a Hudson Valley apartment. City of Poughkeepsie police... Read more