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July 22, 2014 - 6:38pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to...

July 22, 2014 - 6:30pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.

Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt Mix illegally deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor involving the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig...

July 22, 2014 - 6:28pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators marched through the streets on Tuesday to demand swift justice for a man who died in police custody.

"It ends today," the crowd of Eric Garner's relatives, friends and local elected officials chanted as they walked from a Staten Island park across from where police confronted him last Thursday to the precinct where the officers involved were stationed.

There, Garner's relatives climbed to the top of a stairway near the...

July 22, 2014 - 6:16pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternative in the 2016 presidential race.

Major speeches this week to the NAACP and the Urban League will give Biden prime opportunities to court African-American voters who twice helped deliver the White House to President Barack Obama. He...

July 22, 2014 - 6:08pm
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who authorities say expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building is expected to plead guilty to an immigration charge.

El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, 27, is expected to enter a plea to perjury Thursday, federal public defender Paul Thomas told The Associated Press. Thomas declined further comment Tuesday.

Authorities say Fahti was in the U.S. for...

July 22, 2014 - 6:06pm
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For 30 years, Ken Burns has found the Roosevelt family "irresistible."

Various members of the political dynasty have popped up in the filmmaker's projects on America's national parks, Prohibition and the Civil War. Now, Burns shines a spotlight on the family itself in "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," a 14-hour film debuting Sept. 14 on PBS. It will run for seven consecutive nights.

The series covers Theodore's birth...

July 22, 2014 - 6:05pm
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About 1.7 million Palestinians, a majority of them refugees, live in one of the mostly densely populated regions in the world. Since June 2007, when Hamas gained control of the strip, Israel and Egypt have restricted trade and movement in and out of Gaza. Israel says the closure is meant to weaken Gaza's Hamas rulers and prevent militants from attacking targets in Israel. International aid groups say the blockade has seriously harmed Gaza's economy as well as its health system and...

July 22, 2014 - 5:55pm
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It's a forecast so out of the mainstream, it's hard to believe: a U.S. economy in recession next year, triggered by steep downturns abroad. But its author, David Levy, 59, comes from a family of forecasters with a good record of bucking conventional wisdom.

A look at their calls through the decades:

Jerome Levy, grandfather: Anticipated the Great Crash of 1929, sold all his stock and liquidated his wholesale goods business.


July 22, 2014 - 5:53pm
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ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.

The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015.

Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that...

July 22, 2014 - 5:46pm
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HEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was reported at St. Paul's Episcopal Church just before midday Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware fought the flames.

No injuries were reported.

The Rev. Ronald Knapp...

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