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AP source: Sanctions waived for Iran broadcaster

02/07/2014 2:08am
The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said. The move could be seen as a confidence-building measure as the U.S., Iran and five other world powers prepare to open talks this month on a final agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

NY resort closing for a week after virus outbreak

02/07/2014 5:15am
A Catskill mountain resort is closing for a week after a virus sickened hundreds of guests and employees.

10 Things to Know for Today

02/07/2014 6:54am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Crude oil up despite unconvincing US jobs report

02/07/2014 8:39am
The price of oil edged to above $98 a barrel Friday after the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.6.percent even as U.S. payrolls rose less than expected.

Correction: Violence Against Women-Tribes story

02/07/2014 9:14am
In a story Feb. 7 about tribal prosecutions, The Associated Press misidentified the deputy director of the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women. The correct name is Bea Hanson, not Bea Thompson.

Young activist fights to bring deported mom back

02/07/2014 9:26am
He remembers the moment so clearly, the last time he saw his mother on American soil.

Roberts names judges to FISA courts

02/07/2014 9:29am
Chief Justice John Roberts has named two judges to the secretive courts that oversee government surveillance in spy and terrorism cases.

Snow: Oregon, SW Washington head for Round 2

02/07/2014 10:07am
A second winter storm in two days is bearing down on Oregon and southwestern Washington, this one topped with ice that could make highways more treacherous in some areas and knock out electricity.

US envoy: Ukraine must reform to get aid

02/07/2014 10:32am
Washington is willing to consider financial aid to Ukraine as the country struggles through a polarizing political crisis, but only if it undertakes political and economic reforms, a top U.S. diplomat said Friday.

Trial set in case of girl forced to drink soda

02/07/2014 10:32am
An East Tennessee couple accused of killing the man's 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large quantities of grape soda and water will face trial in October.

Artisanal movement reaches the food court scene

02/07/2014 10:34am
In Singapore's equivalent of food courts, hawkers sell steaming bowls of noodles, giant crabs in pepper sauce and slices of pungent durian. In Barcelona, patrons at the La Boqueria nibble finely aged ham and buy fresh produce to prepare at home. In the United States? Historically, it's been a wasteland of spongy pretzels, giant sodas, greasy fried rice and endless burgers.

Cargill adds 'textured beef' wording to labels

02/07/2014 11:09am
Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime."

Biden: 'No obvious reason' not to run in 2016

02/07/2014 11:21am
Vice President Joe Biden wants to make one thing clear: Don't count me out in 2016.

New hole found at Indiana dune that swallowed boy

02/07/2014 11:39am
A ground-penetrating radar survey found dozens of anomalies in a large sand dune along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Indiana where an Illinois boy was buried under 11 feet of sand last summer, but scientists still aren't sure what caused the dune to swallow the youngster.

On Russian TV, US mom urges waiver to adoption ban

02/07/2014 11:46am
A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation's year-old ban on adoptions by Americans. She and her husband adopted a boy from Russia in 2008 and refuse to give up long-standing efforts to also adopt their son's biological brother from an orphanage in the city of Kursk.

Police: Pa. man hit dentist with tire iron

02/07/2014 11:47am
A northwestern Pennsylvania man must stand trial on charges that he assaulted his dentist with a tire iron because the doctor prescribed antibiotics instead of pulling a tooth.

Naval Air Station says jets caused resort tremors

02/07/2014 1:01pm
The Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland says two Navy fighter jets conducting routine flight tests off the coast caused the sonic booms felt in Ocean City that some people thought were an earthquake.

Chicago anti-gang efforts tame street violence

02/07/2014 1:08pm
The low point so far in Chicago's closely watched battle with street gangs may have been the day that Michelle Obama came home for the funeral of a teenage honor student.

US: Syria conflict a threat to homeland

02/07/2014 1:13pm
The civil war in Syria has become a matter of U.S. homeland security over concerns about a small number of Americans who have gone to fight with Syrian rebels and returned home, new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday.

Obama taps former aide to be Bahamas ambassador

02/07/2014 1:25pm
President Barack Obama is nominating a former White House lawyer, Cassandra Butts, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.

Man arrested trying to climb White House fence

02/07/2014 1:40pm
Authorities say a man has been arrested trying to climb over a fence at the White House.

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

02/07/2014 1:41pm
President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

02/07/2014 1:41pm
President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

NYC mayor rips Biden's dig at LaGuardia Airport

02/07/2014 1:50pm
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) doesn't care for Vice President Joe Biden's criticisms of the city's LaGuardia Airport.

Calif. woman gets credit offer with sexual slur

02/07/2014 1:59pm
An international honor society and Bank of America apologized Friday for a credit card offer to a feminist writer that referred to her by a sexual slur.

Propane shortage fuels Dakotas reservation crisis

02/07/2014 1:59pm
A nationwide propane shortage is hitting an American Indian reservation that straddles the border of North and South Dakota particularly hard, causing tribal officials to warn that the thousands of low-income residents who live there are running out of ways to heat their ramshackle homes.

Inspector General focuses on coal leasing problems

02/07/2014 2:16pm
Coal sales in western states are under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after revelations of problems including reserves of the fuel sold at prices below market value.

Marijuana legalization plan stalls in New Mexico

02/07/2014 2:17pm
A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt _ for now.

Hagel seeks answers to military ethics crisis

02/07/2014 2:32pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday he sees no simple answer to why the U.S. military is suffering so many ethical lapses, but he vowed to get to the bottom of a trend of embarrassing disclosures.

US to get approximately $17.2T debt limit Friday

02/07/2014 2:38pm
The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.

State Dept expert pleads guilty in leak case

02/07/2014 2:51pm
A State Department expert on North Korea pleaded guilty Friday to passing classified information to a journalist, and has agreed to a 13-month sentence in a deal with prosecutors, pending a judge's approval.

Death of East Texas man shrouded in mystery

02/07/2014 2:51pm
Unanswered questions shroud the death of an East Texas man as his family rejects authorities' claims that their loved one died of a drug overdose, believing instead that foul play was involved.

Postal Service had $354 million first-quarter loss

02/07/2014 3:13pm
The Postal Service lost $354 million over the last three months, and officials warned that mounting losses could lead to cash flow problems for the rest of the year, the agency said Friday.

Friend: Ohio family killing suspect was disabled

02/07/2014 3:16pm
A Vietnam veteran suspected of shooting his wife, daughter and granddaughter to death before killing himself at their Ohio home was being treated for war-related disabilities and recently suffered a stroke, a veterans service officer said Friday.

Amid drought, California government cuts water use

02/07/2014 3:33pm
Government in drought-afflicted California is trying to lead by example and cut water use by the same 20 percent that residents have been asked to save.

Judge shields evidence in Kansas bomb plot case

02/07/2014 3:39pm
Government evidence against a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Kansas airport will be shielded from the public, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Weak US jobs report also offers hints of optimism

02/07/2014 3:44pm
A second straight month of weak job growth renewed concerns Friday that the vigor displayed by the American economy late last year may be gone, at least for the moment.

NC AG to appeal ruling on part of abortion law

02/07/2014 3:45pm
North Carolina's attorney general said Friday he's decided to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down part of a law requiring abortion providers to describe an ultrasound to women seeking to terminate a pregnancy.

Feds say they fixed Medicaid problem for children

02/07/2014 3:47pm
A wrinkle in the website that temporarily left some children without insurance coverage has been fixed, federal officials said Friday.

2 prison employees suspended after Michigan escape

02/07/2014 4:00pm
Two employees of a western Michigan prison where a convicted killer escaped for 24 hours have been suspended, officials said Friday.

Japan assures US of calm response to China tension

02/07/2014 4:03pm
Japan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.

American jailed in N. Korea returned to work camp

02/07/2014 4:25pm
A U.S. citizen detained in North Korea for 15 months has been returned to a labor camp, prompting worries about his health, his sister said Friday.

Obama attends ambassadors' reunion in Washington

02/07/2014 4:32pm
President Barack Obama is stopping by a reunion of former ambassadors appointed during his administration.

Water saving by California government

02/07/2014 4:32pm
Here are some of the actions that California state government is taking to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Ohio man who told kids he was Santa had child porn

02/07/2014 4:42pm
A 65-year-old northeast Ohio man with a flowing white beard who often told neighborhood children he was Santa Claus has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for having child pornography on his computer.

Utah district: New policies after lunches seized

02/07/2014 4:46pm
A Utah school district that came under fire for taking away $2 school lunches from about 32 students is announcing new policies it says will prevent a similar situation.

Wisconsin newborn reunited with parents in Iowa

02/07/2014 4:51pm
A Wisconsin infant who was abducted and left out in the cold in Iowa has been reunited with his parents and is on his way home.

Schools: Texas' public ed funding still 'broken'

02/07/2014 5:10pm
An extra $3.4-plus billion in funding is a mere Band-Aid that leaves classrooms still hurting and hasn't fixed fundamental flaws in the balance for students in rich and poor parts of Texas, attorneys representing 600-plus school districts statewide argued Friday.

No bail for ex-officer charged in theater shooting

02/07/2014 5:28pm
A bail hearing for a retired Tampa police officer who fatally shot a man inside a movie theater during an argument over texting took a dramatic turn Friday: Prosecutors played a grainy video of the shooting and a recording of the defendant's police interview.

Ex-McGruff player gets prison for pot farm, guns

02/07/2014 5:29pm
A Houston man who once portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog has shown his commitment to crime fighting apparently wasn't very deep.

US law on UN whistleblowers could cost UN millions

02/07/2014 5:39pm
A campaign led by a U.N. whistleblower that successfully changed U.S. law could cost the United Nations hundreds of millions of dollars if it doesn't adhere to "best practices" to protect any U.N. employee who reports wrongdoing.

2 more LA sheriff's deputies indicted

02/07/2014 5:48pm
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with beating a handcuffed prisoner _ the latest indictments in an expanding federal probe of alleged jail abuses.

Minn. boy stowaway close to reunion with parents

02/07/2014 6:18pm
A Minnesota boy who stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas last year is close to being reunited with his parents, a judge said Friday.

Alaska gov. says he's not threatening community

02/07/2014 6:41pm
Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday that he wasn't threatening the Ketchikan Gateway Borough when he said its lawsuit against the state over school funding could "shade or color" reaction to the community's requests for state money to fund infrastructure projects.

Search suspended for missing person off Fla. coast

02/07/2014 6:47pm
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a final missing person after a 24-foot motorboat believed to be carrying 12 migrants capsized off the southeastern coast of Florida, killing at least four people.

Shots fired near Missouri elementary school

02/07/2014 6:49pm
Students at a suburban Kansas City elementary school have been reunited with their parents after gunshots fired from a nearby home prompted a lockdown at their school.

Ore. Sen. Wyden gives tax overhaul top priority

02/07/2014 6:52pm
Sen. Ron Wyden, the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday his first priority in the job will be overhauling the nation's tax system, which he called a "dysfunctional, rotten mess."

Woman charged with kidnapping baby found in Iowa

02/07/2014 7:34pm
A woman who pretended to be pregnant stole her half-sister's newborn boy from a Wisconsin home and left him in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures as police closed in, according to court documents filed Friday.

For now, judge keeps Picasso at NYC's 4 Seasons

02/07/2014 9:29pm
A conservation group has won a temporary injunction to keep a Picasso painting on the wall of the famed New York City restaurant The Four Seasons.

Inspector general focuses on coal leasing problems

02/07/2014 10:03pm
Coal sales in Western states are getting more scrutiny from federal lawmakers amid new revelations Friday about officials accepting below-market bids for some coal sales and possibly illegally negotiating with companies over prices.

Heavy machinery used to rescue Detroit men from icy water

02/07/2014 10:54pm
Two Detroit police officers jumped into action Friday riding on a front-end loader to rescue two people who were trapped in icy flood waters because of a water main break on the city's east side.

Snow, freezing rain blanket much of Northwest

02/07/2014 11:21pm
The second day of a fierce winter storm blanketed parts of the Northwest with another half foot of snow Friday as icy conditions made highways treacherous and claimed another life.
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