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April 7, 2014 - 2:32am
1 week 5 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans can't seem to reach an official party line this election year on the old Washington custom of using the federal budget to benefit the folks back home.

The disagreement is a byproduct of divisions between conservative and establishment Republicans, and is on display in three races that will help determine whether the GOP wins control of the U.S. Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

It's forcing...

April 7, 2014 - 2:30am
1 week 5 days ago

BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."

The money, which comes from fees that companies pay for visas to hire foreign workers for specialized jobs, is the result of an executive order Obama signed last year to better prepare high school students for college or for careers...

April 7, 2014 - 12:48am
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the "show" part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals....

April 7, 2014 - 12:05am
1 week 5 days ago

Here's a look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report from Latin America and the Caribbean, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's collection includes fishermen in Chile salvaging what they can following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that claimed six lives, school children in Cuba having a good time at the anniversary of the Organization of Cuban...

April 7, 2014 - 12:05am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Best sellers by novelist Donna Tartt and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin are among the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The fiction nominees are Tartt's "The Goldfinch," Edwidge Danticat's "Claire of the Sea Light" and Chimamanda (Chih-ma-'MAHN-da) Ngozi (En-'GOE-zee) Adichie's (Ah-'DEE-chay's) "Americanah."

Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit" is a nonfiction finalist, along with Nicholas A....

April 7, 2014 - 12:02am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five museums say they are organizing the largest outdoor art show to showcase American art nationwide this summer.

Beginning Monday, curators are asking the public to vote online to choose which artwork will be featured on 50,000 displays for the "Art Everywhere" initiative in August. Members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America are donating the space.

Museums have nominated 100 artworks to choose from. They include...

April 7, 2014 - 12:00am
1 week 5 days ago

Today is Monday, April 7, the 97th day of 2014. There are 268 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 7, 1922, the Teapot Dome scandal had its beginnings as Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall signed a secret deal to lease U.S. Navy petroleum reserves in Wyoming and California to his friends, oilmen Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny, in exchange for cash gifts.

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April 6, 2014 - 10:35pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over China in Colorado in the afternoon. By evening, he was out of a job.

Sermanni was fired by the U.S. Soccer Federation on Sunday after a disappointing finish last month at the Algarve Cup. The surprising move came just 16 months after he was put in charge.

The dismissal was announced hours after Lauren Holiday and substitute Megan Rapinoe scored in the exhibition...

April 6, 2014 - 10:11pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers are in critical condition after being overcome by smoke while responding to a suspicious fire in a residential building in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn on Sunday.

Police Commissioner William Bratton says "officers Rosa Rodriguez and Dennis Guerra took the building's elevator up to the 13th floor where they were overcome by smoke in the hallway as they exited."

Bratton says firefighters found...

April 6, 2014 - 9:52pm
1 week 5 days ago

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A large brawl broke out during an annual charity hockey match between New York City police and firefighters on Long Island.

Videos posted online show players from both teams clearing the bench and throwing punches while referees are seen trying to break up the fights. Hockey sticks and gloves are seen littered about the ice.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/QUJcdW ) reports the fights began during the second period of the match at Nassau...

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