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March 19, 2015 - 6:42am
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/1BAYzac ) reports that jurors will hear an explanation of the law Thursday morning and then begin deciding the outcome of the case.

A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Many reached plea agreements with prosecutors....

March 19, 2015 - 6:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the federal government will also announce commitments to cut their emissions.

The Obama administration has been working to show it is taking action at...

March 19, 2015 - 5:45am
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new legal opinion from the state's attorney general is questioning the constitutionality of the Tennessee whiskey law for granting a special exemption to a single distiller.

The state Legislature in 2013 carved out an exemption for Kelso-based Pritchard's Distillery from the law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's that for the first time established rules for which products could label themselves "Tennessee Whiskey."

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March 19, 2015 - 4:47am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A deaf immigrant is suing northern Virginia authorities who he says jailed him for six weeks without access to an interpreter.

Abreham Zemedagegehu (zeh-MAY'-duh-geh-GAY'-hoo) was born in Ethiopia and his ability to read and write English is limited. But he's fluent in American Sign Language.

He says in his federal lawsuit against the Arlington County sheriff that he spent two days in jail before he even knew what he had been...

March 19, 2015 - 4:14am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife are finishing up their visit to Washington, D.C. with a whirlwind day that includes meeting with President Barack Obama.

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall began Thursday with a visit to the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home, where residents lined the corridors waiting for the royal couple. They stopped and chatted with residents one by one.

Later in the day, Prince Charles visited a charter...

March 19, 2015 - 3:35am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are working together to try resolving the long-running problem of how Medicare pays doctors.

Their uncharacteristic harmony underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can succeed.

A 1997 law has left Congress repeatedly heading off deep cuts in doctors' Medicare reimbursements. Lawmakers are tired...

March 19, 2015 - 3:30am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican's effort to better coordinate government-wide efforts to free U.S. hostages held abroad is winning early support from the Pentagon chief.

California congressman Duncan Hunter is introducing a bill Thursday that calls on the president to task one person to lead U.S. efforts to recover American hostages.

The bill comes as Islamic extremists are targeting Americans across the globe and the White House is reviewing...

March 19, 2015 - 3:29am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led House Budget Committee has given party-line approval to a sweeping balanced budget plan that adds $36 billion to President Barack Obama's request for overseas war funds but with restrictions on the money that are opposed by a sizable bloc of the party's defense hawks.

The panel rejected a move by GOP leaders to placate pro-defense Republicans who objected to a requirement that more than $20 billion of the additional money be accompanied by...

March 19, 2015 - 3:27am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law.

When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country.

Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is the latest in a series tracking the health care overhaul.

The court case hinges on whether the wording of the law only...

March 19, 2015 - 3:22am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency's top lawyer, who helped managed the agency's response to leaks of its most secret surveillance programs, has left the government.

Raj De (Day) is returning to his former law firm, Mayer Brown, to run a cybersecurity practice. His replacement has not been named.

De arrived at the spy agency three years ago following stints at the White House, the Justice Department and the 9/11 Commission....

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