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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are indicating that President Barack Obama is going to have a fight on his hands after sending to Congress a record $4 trillion budget that raises taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says the plan is "more taxes, more spending, and more of the Washington gridlock that has failed middle class families."
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in five months. They show the 88-year-old former leader engaged in conversation with a university student. Ten photos of Castro appear on the website Cubadebate. A student leader says the meeting happened on Jan. 23.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian couple is on trial after authorities say they built pressure-cooker bombs and planted them on the grounds of the provincial legislature hours before Canada Day festivities on July 1, 2013. John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested after an undercover operation that began months earlier. The two styled themselves as the sole members of "al-Qaida Canada." Authorities say undercover officers made sure the planted bombs were inert.
PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by a teacher who says Corrections Department employees failed to protect her when she was raped by a convicted sex offender in a prison classroom. The judge asked Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Weisbard on Monday how he could argue that the teacher wasn't placed in a dangerous situation by the warden and other top officials at the Eyman state prison complex in Florence, Arizona. The teacher is suing for $4 million.
PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in Wyoming has retired because he can no longer wear his cowboy hat on the job. The new sheriff in Sublette County has imposed a new dress code on deputies, requiring them to wear black trousers, a tan shirt, black boots and a black ball cap — no cowboy hat. Sheriff Stephen Haskell tells the Casper Star-Tribune that it's for safety and uniformity. But Deputy Gene Bryson says, "I've been here for 40-odd years in the sheriff's office, and I'm not going to go out and buy combat boots and throw my vest and hat away."