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April 3, 2014 - 4:42am
1 week 5 days ago

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member prior to the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.

The base's senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said there is a "strong possibility" that Spc. Ivan Lopez had a "verbal altercation" with another soldier or soldiers immediately before Wednesday's shooting, which unfolded on the...

April 3, 2014 - 4:16am
1 week 5 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.

A 2004 Snohomish County flood-management plan said the cost of buying Oso properties and removing residents from the path of a potential slide "would be significant, but would remove the risk to human life and structures."

But after weighing several options, the county...

April 3, 2014 - 3:58am
1 week 5 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Reaching the nation's 55 million Latinos has become gospel for mainstream media giants, but capturing this fast-growing, mostly U.S.-born audience is proving tricky to networks and websites. For every success story there is a flop.

Take CNN's latest attempt at a Spanish-language broadcast targeting U.S Latinos. The broadcaster is no newcomer to the Spanish-speaking world, for decades reaching Latin America with CNN en Espanol. But the company said it axed...

April 3, 2014 - 3:25am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The big money that flows into American politics is about to get even bigger. It will take time to figure out just how much, though, and how it will affect campaigns.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday did away with more of the rules limiting campaign contributions that were imposed by Congress in the 1970s in response to the Watergate corruption scandal.

A look at the court decision, the old rules, the new rules and the potential impact...

April 3, 2014 - 3:24am
1 week 6 days ago

Excerpts from the opinions of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, in support of Wednesday's ruling striking down limits in federal law on overall campaign contributions to candidates and political committees, and from the dissenting opinion of Justice Stephen Breyer:

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ROBERTS

"Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects. If the...

April 3, 2014 - 3:19am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

The result sets the stage for what could be the fullest public accounting of the Bush administration's record when it comes to waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques." The panel voted 11-...

April 3, 2014 - 3:18am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.

Either way, it's likely to benefit the two major political parties and their candidates for Congress, who are now able to seek donations from deep-pocketed contributors who can give more without running afoul of the law.

The court "has once again reminded Congress that Americans have...

April 3, 2014 - 3:17am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

The annual report, called "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America," noted that the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for...

April 3, 2014 - 3:15am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company is primarily focused on genetic engineering of dairy cows.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

Genetically engineered fish or meat may be a tough sell for already...

April 3, 2014 - 3:02am
1 week 6 days ago

"The last two hours have been the most nerve-wracking I've ever felt. I know God is here protecting me and all the soldiers, but I have my phone in my hand just hoping it will ring and it will be my husband." — Tayra DeHart, 33, after a soldier opened fire on fellow service members at the Fort Hood, Texas, military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide.

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