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Under pressure, Obama vows to examine deportations

WASHINGTON— With prospects for real immigration reform fading, President Barack Obama is yielding to pressure from some of his staunchest allies and looking for ways to act without Congress to ease the suffering caused by deportation.

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Searchers scour rubble after gas explosion kills 7

WITH VIDEO NEW YORK— Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

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Senate investigation of CIA dogged by controversy

WASHINGTON— A marathon Senate investigation into allegations of CIA torture during the Bush-era war on terror is veering toward partisan political territory and possibly the federal courts after unusually pointed accusations against the spy agency, including potential criminal wrongdoing.

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Wrestling with drone use

Privacy watchdogs seek to head off violations

Report faults oversight of foreign student program

WASHINGTON — The government is falling short in assessing the risks of a program that allows tens of thousands of foreign students to stay in the United States and work for close to 2 1/2 years, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.

Weather doesn’t freeze hiring

WASHINGTON — Last month’s harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home.

Daylight Savings Time arrives

Spring forward Sunday, March 9, by setting clocks ahead one hour.

Americans on missing plane WITH VIDEO

Oil slicks found in hunt for missing Malaysia jet; three Americans onboard.

Kansas school funding ‘unconstitutional’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

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Prosecutors: General coerced captain into affair

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — With the Pentagon under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks, opening statements began Friday in a rare court-martial of an Army general — believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military to face trial on sex assault charges.

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Albertsons parent Cerberus to buy Safeway

Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of several supermarket chains.

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Here comes El Nino; good news for US weather woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that’s good news for a weather-weary United States.

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California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

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Redwood ‘poachers’ force park road closure

Frequency and size of thefts on the rise

Budget targets superbugs

WASHINGTON — Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals. Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing more than 23,000 Americans a year, and some bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs of last resort, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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