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McConnell criticizes Obama border money request

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.

Corporate ‘people’ gain

WASHINGTON — There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people?

Rare donkey born in Mass.

STERLING, Mass. (AP) — A rare Poitou (PWAH’-too) donkey has been born in Massachusetts.

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High court poised to decide birth control dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

Investigators eye aircraft controls in accident

WASHINGTON — Increasingly complex automated aircraft controls designed to improve safety are instead creating new opportunities for error, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday at a hearing on the crash last year of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the cybercriminal handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with the world’s most malicious hackers, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

Food safety a new frontier for legal pot

DENVER — The marijuana in those pot brownies isn’t the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are actually made.

Starbucks scholarship program reviewed

NEW YORK (AP) — The scholarship portion of a new education program Starbucks is offering to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain.

CIA scrambles to get Iraq data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government.

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 American armed forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or special forces.

Risk of friendly fire long an element of war

WASHINGTON — The deaths of five Americans killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan stand as a fresh reminder of the dangers of friendly fire, an element of war that is older than the nation.

Ariz. rushes supplies to site holding migrant kids

PHOENIX — Angry about the federal government sending from Texas to Arizona immigrants who are in the country illegally, Arizona officials say they are rushing federal supplies to a makeshift holding center in the southern part of the state that’s housing hundreds of migrant children and is running low on the basics.

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Fear, fire but no injuries in crash

Military jet slams into CA neighborhood

Changes in state aid may be expanding wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.

US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) —The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

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