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AP INTERVIEW: Reid wants Congress to delay Iran legislation

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. talks about his future and the agenda of the Democrats who are now in the minority, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid, 75, is wearing special glasses as part of his recovery from injuries suffered in a violent exercise accident in January. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran.



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Proposed Christie-Exxon Mobil contamination deal criticized

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are criticizing a proposed legal settlement between Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and Exxon Mobil over oil and chemical contamination.
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‘Seinfeld’ actor dies

Daniel von Bargen, the talented character actor perhaps best known for playing George Costanza’s imbecilic boss Mr. Kruger during the last season of Seinfeld, has died. He was 64.


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Bruce Willis to star on Broadway in play of King’s ‘Misery’

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, Bruce Willis attends the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York. Willis will make his Broadway debut this fall in a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Misery.” Producers said Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the "Die Hard" star will star opposite Elizabeth Marvel in the story of a murderous fan united with her beloved romance novelist. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut this fall in a tale of torture and suspense — a stage adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Misery."



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Barcelona to meet Athletic Bilbao in Cup final

Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio and Mario (L) vie with Barcelona's Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (C) during their Spanish Kings' Cup football match in Villareal on March 4, 2015Barcelona eased into the Copa del Rey final as they completed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal with a 3-1 win at El Madrigal on Wednesday. Luis Enrique's men will face Athletic Bilbao in the final for the third time in five years on May 30 after the Basques beat Espanyol 2-0 to progress 3-1 on aggregate. Neymar had missed a penalty in Barca's 3-1 first leg win three weeks ago, but made amends after just three minutes when he turned home Lionel Messi's cross. Jonathan dos Santos gave the hosts hope with an equaliser on the night against his old club, but Villarreal's chances of a famous comeback faded when Tomas Pina was shown a straight red card for a heavy challenge on Neymar.



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Storm could be winter’s last big one but some want more

Homeowner Steve Showalter, of Benscreek, Pa., in Somerset County, uses an ice pick to clear ice jams along his driveway as the Benscreek River flows over it, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, Todd Berkey) MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England is set to bring what could be winter's last significant snowfall for the East Coast.



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Case could kill Obamacare

While hearing arguments, the Supreme Court seemed divided on who qualifies for federal subsidies. A ruling against the administration could send Obamacare into a death spiral. FULL STORY


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Jet airliner skids off runway

A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 224 people skidded off a runway Wednesday morning at Kathmandu’s airport, forcing those on board to evacuate and effectively shutting down Nepal’s lone international airport, authorities said.


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Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions

One of Indonesian police armored vehicles carrying two Australian prisoners arrives at Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Indonesia began transferring the two Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in an 11th hour bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days.



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Mexico authorities arrest Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales

A man walks past the house where Omar Trevino, leader of the Zetas drug cartel, was detained by federal forces in San Pedro Garza, near MonterreyMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S., a federal official said.



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Areva nuclear group announces 4.8 bn euro loss

French nuclear group Areva confirmed Wednesday record net losses in 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) after it was forced to absorb costs linked to delays to its flagship next-generation reactorFrench nuclear group Areva confirmed Wednesday record net losses in 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) after it was forced to absorb costs linked to delays to its flagship next-generation reactor. "The scale of the net loss for 2014 illustrates the two-fold challenge confronting Areva: continuing stagnation of the nuclear operations, lack of competitiveness and difficulties in managing the risks inherent in large projects," chief executive Philippe Knoche said in a statement. Areva has taken a particular hit in the past year from delays in building its Olkiluoto 3 nuclear plant in Finland, as well as difficulties with its renewable energy contracts. The company, which is 87-percent owned by the French state, has suffered in recent years as interest in nuclear power has cooled following the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe in Japan.



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House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home.



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Aretha Franklin welcomes ‘Idol’ to her hometown of Detroit

Singer Aretha Franklin is interviewed after taping for American Idol XIV at The Fillmore Detroit, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Detroit. The show was in Motown for a taping of an episode set to air that night. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin not only is the "Queen of Soul." She's also the queen of "American Idol."



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Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in TorontoBy Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass U.S. surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States. "I would love to go back and face a fair trial, but unfortunately … there is no fair trial available, on offer right now," he said from Russia in a live question and answer discussion organized by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Toronto's Ryerson University and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "I've been working exhaustively with the government now since I left to try to find terms of a trial," he said. He did not comment specifically on new legislation proposed by Canada's Conservative government that would expand the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the country's main intelligence service. In January, CBC News and news website The Intercept reported that 2012 documents sourced from Snowden showed that Canada's electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, had intercepted and analyzed up to 15 million file downloads a day.



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House panel issues subpoena for Clinton’s personal emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the deadly 2012 terror attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails pertinent to its probe.
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Policeman cleared in US town that ‘targeted blacks’

Undated hand out photograph released November 24, 2014, by the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael BrownThe US Justice Department said Wednesday it will not prosecute the white policeman who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, but in a damning report found the local force systematically targeted African Americans. The fatal shooting in August in the St. Louis suburb ignited nationwide outrage and shone a critical spotlight on relations between law enforcement and black Americans, with police tactics also coming in for strong criticism. Darren Wilson was also cleared in November by a grand jury which opted not to indict him for the death of the 18-year-old Brown, meaning the policeman is no longer facing legal action of any kind.



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Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

FILE - This June 28, 1979 file photo shows a double-trailer flammable truck driving along the Santa Ana Freeway with a skyline of Los Angeles as a backdrop from East Los Angeles. A study appearing in the Thursday, March 5, 2015, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that children in recent years breathed cleaner air and had stronger lungs compared to those who were studied two decades earlier, researchers found. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents.



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Capitol Hill Buzz: Congress resolves to flee DC pre-snow

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. talks about his future and the agenda of the Democrats who are now in the minority, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid, 75, is wearing special glasses as part of his recovery from injuries suffered in a violent exercise accident in January. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing gets Congress moving like the forecast of snow.



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Opinion: Can the Ferguson police department be saved?

Only by gutting and rebuilding the department from scratch, can it claim a right to serve its citizenry


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‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.



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US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.



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Union backing elusive as Garcia seeks to unseat Chicago Mayor Emanuel

File photo of Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia greeting restaurant patrons during a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is struggling to round up support from labor unions as he seeks to unseat pro-business Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though he bills himself as more progressive. Garcia's surprisingly strong showing in a first round of voting on Feb. 24 prompted some big unions to see him as a viable challenger to the well-funded Emanuel and to rethink their neutral stance in the race for mayor of the country's financially troubled No. 3 city. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, has decided to remain neutral in the April 7 runoff election, while a raucous disagreement over the mayor's race between two large locals of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, may also end in a non-endorsement.



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Navy’s new crew: ‘The Three Presidents’


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Kids left alone? Call Mom, not the cops

We were moving into our new townhouse last year when I met the grandparents next door.


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Coffee is a health food: Myth or fact?

Myth or fact? Coffee is good for you.


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US lawmakers fail to override Obama Keystone veto

Demonstrators hold signs against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in front of the White House in Washington, DC, January 28, 2015The US Senate on Wednesday failed to override a presidential veto blocking a bill that approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, halting — at least for now — Republican efforts to advance the project. President Barack Obama issued the veto last month, after the Republican-controlled Congress overcame considerable Democratic opposition to pass legislation approving the controversial pipeline on February 11. Overriding the veto required a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but the bill failed at the first hurdle Wednesday — even though some Democrats joined Republican rivals supporting the pipeline. The president said last month he is not against Keystone in principle, but accused legislators of trying to "circumvent longstanding and proven processes" for gauging whether it is in the national interest.



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U.S. Congress’ backing of Netanyahu on Iran more show than substance

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran. Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said. "He came, he spoke, but he didn't conquer," said Daniel Kurtzer, who served as ambassador to Israel under Republican President George W. Bush and ambassador to Egypt under Democratic President Bill Clinton. After Netanyahu's address, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would rush to a vote as soon as next week on a bill that would require Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran for congressional approval.



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Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North DakotaBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed. Thirty-seven senators voted to sustain Obama's veto. The Senate action means the House of Representatives will not vote on override.



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