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March 31, 2015 - 3:12am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

The Obama administration's contribution to the treaty codifies a commitment President Barack Obama first made late last year in Beijing. That's where Obama announced a joint U.S.-China climate deal that raised global hopes that developed and developing nations can come together to...

March 31, 2015 - 3:03am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. They'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation.

Timothy Bass, a 20-year veteran prosecutor who's involved in the investigation, is known for combing through every detail of his cases. He's prosecuted drug and gun crimes, money laundering, tax evasion, child pornography,...

March 31, 2015 - 3:03am
7 min 26 sec ago

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox of Los Alamitos never thought she needed a left hand.

After all, she couldn't remember losing hers to compartment syndrome when she was 9 months old.

But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a 3-D printer, that was different.

Particularly when she got to pick the colors — her favorite pink, blue and purple.

The blond-haired little girl...

March 31, 2015 - 3:01am
7 min 26 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A foundation is awarding grants to 32 innovative projects working to improve cities, totaling $5 million in funding.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is announcing Tuesday that the Knight Cities Challenge will award grants in 12 cities from more than 7,000 proposals. The program was announced in September 2014.

The winning projects range from combating blight in Detroit to installing porch swings in public places in...

March 31, 2015 - 1:58am
7 min 26 sec ago

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say detectives have interviewed a 22-year-old man who survived a weekend shooting that left a woman and her roommate's toddler dead at a mobile home park.

Kitsap County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Dickinson said Monday that the man, described as a neighbor, is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Kitsap Sun reports that victim Heather Kelso had recently been granted a protection order against the father...

March 31, 2015 - 1:33am
7 min 26 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.

The defense called its first witnesses Monday. A cell site analyst said Tsarnaev's cell phone was being used in southeastern Massachusetts — where he was attending college — while pressure cookers were being purchased north of Boston 2 1/2 months before the bombing. The analyst also...

March 31, 2015 - 1:28am
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from those who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians is shifting toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.

A final vote could come as early as Tuesday in the state House on the proposal that would prohibit state and local government from infringing on someone's religious beliefs without a "...

March 31, 2015 - 1:09am
7 min 26 sec ago

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of shooting two police officers during a Ferguson demonstration says he'll seek a lower bond for his client.

Twenty-year-old Jeffrey Williams is scheduled for a St. Louis County court appearance Tuesday on charges of felony assault, armed criminal action and a weapons offense.

Williams' attorney, Jerryl Christmas, told The Associated Press on Monday he'll ask a judge to reduce Williams' bond from $...

March 31, 2015 - 1:08am
7 min 26 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.

Rahm Emanuel spent nearly $200 million over two years to flood those streets with police working overtime. His police department also collected information about individual gang members and set up meetings between gang members and the parents of homicide victims....

March 31, 2015 - 12:54am
7 min 26 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — While officials caution that they aren't certain what caused last week's blast in New York's East Village, the explosion is highlighting a long-known problem: the illegal siphoning of natural gas.

Statistics are limited. The president of New York's Consolidated Edison calls it "fairly uncommon." Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York officials so far aren't hearing of any gas-tapping trend, but it's under investigation.

Federal databases...

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