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March 14, 2015 - 10:12am
1 week 5 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A dangerous new bird flu strain has affected poultry flocks in Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. That's sending experts and farmers scrambling to determine how it arrived — and to stop it from spreading.

Avian influenza is common in wild waterfowl and doesn't normally hurt them. But this strain, H5N2, is deadly when it spreads to commercial poultry.

Most U.S. turkeys and chickens spend their entire lives indoors to protect...

March 14, 2015 - 9:37am
1 week 6 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Police Department is renaming its valor medal in honor of a police officer killed while trying to stop a robbery.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey called the actions of Officer Robert Wilson III the greatest act of bravery he's seen in 46 years.

Authorities say Wilson was shot and killed March 5 when two brothers armed with semi-automatic weapons opened fire inside the store where he had stopped to buy a gift...

March 14, 2015 - 8:43am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end.

It's a bow to military leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016 fighting season.

No final decision on numbers has been made. But the officials say the administration is poised to slow withdrawal plans and probably will allow many of the 9,800 American troops to remain well...

March 14, 2015 - 8:41am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to skewer some of his political opponents at the 130th annual Gridiron Club dinner.

The white-tie event is bringing Washington journalists and public figures together for a Saturday night of laughter at the expense of the capital's personalities and issues of the day.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, is set to speak for the Republicans.

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March 14, 2015 - 8:30am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.

In reality, only a few of them could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world.

But a report by Social Security's inspector general says the agency doesn't have death records for any of the 6.5 million people in the United...

March 14, 2015 - 8:11am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're among the several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance, then starting Sunday you'll get a second chance to sign up for 2015 coverage through HealthCare.gov.

That might ease the sting of rising penalties for people still uninsured this year.

Fines payable to the IRS are the stick behind the coverage offer in the health law.

Virtually every in the U.S. is now...

March 14, 2015 - 4:33am
1 week 6 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral for an unarmed 19-year-old who was killed last weekend by a Madison police officer.

Tony Robinson, who is biracial, died March 6 after what police say was a confrontation in which he assaulted the white officer. A preliminary autopsy showed Robinson was shot in his head, torso and right arm.

Saturday's visitation and funeral will be held in a high school field house to accommodate a...

March 14, 2015 - 4:18am
1 week 6 days ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Officials say a Serbian military helicopter has crashed near Belgrade while evacuating a sick baby from south of the country, killing all seven people on board.

The defense ministry said Saturday no one survived the crash late Friday night near Belgrade's international airport some 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the capital.

Serbia's state TV says the Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter had four crew members, two medical...

March 14, 2015 - 4:16am
1 week 6 days ago

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man shot a couple and their three children, killing the father and a 9-year-old daughter and critically wounding the mother and two other children.

Neighbors say the mother and two children, covered in blood, crossed a usually busy two-lane highway to seek help after the early Friday shooting.

Neighbors Donna Davis said it "was like out of a horror movie."

Police Capt. Clint Earls said 31-...

March 14, 2015 - 3:21am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans say President Barack Obama is so keen for a nuclear deal with Iran that he's ignoring Tehran's moves to expand its influence across the Middle East.

GOP hawks believe Obama really wants to burnish his legacy by negotiating an agreement to restrain Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state.

And they say that's why he's not pushing back against Iranian activities in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain....

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