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Chris Christie gay marriage move stirs GOP

10/22/2013 2:29am
Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stop fighting the legality of New Jersey same-sex marriages paves the way for gays to wed in the Democratic-leaning state. But it also reflects the Republican's effort to cast himself as the pragmatic leader of a welcoming GOP while running for re-election and considering a White House bid.

NAACP names interim president, CEO

10/22/2013 4:31am
The NAACP has selected a former House of Representatives clerk as an interim president and CEO while the organization seeks a new leader.

Rubio offers bill to delay health care law penalty

10/22/2013 5:47am
Sen. Marco Rubio says he'll introduce legislation to delay the penalty that can be assessed on individuals who don't buy insurance under the government's new health care law.

Chris Christie gay marriage move stirs GOP

10/22/2013 5:59am
Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stop fighting gay marriage in New Jersey was pragmatic _ same sex weddings had already begun and a court warned that the state would have little chance of overturning them. But the move also reflects Christie's bid to cast himself as leader of a welcoming GOP as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House bid.

White House: September job growth 'solid'

10/22/2013 8:39am
A top White House economic adviser says the addition of 148,000 jobs in September is a sign of "solid" growth but forecasts worsening in October because of the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Ohio man who challenged gay marriage ban dies

10/22/2013 8:44am
John Arthur, who with his longtime partner helped lead a legal challenge to Ohio's ban on gay marriage, died early Tuesday, his attorney and a funeral home director said. He was 48.

Obama attends kids' parent-teacher conferences

10/22/2013 8:49am
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are attending parent-teacher conferences for their daughters.

Florida attorney seeks new trial in gambling case

10/22/2013 10:03am
A Florida attorney who was convicted earlier this month of using a veterans' organization as a front for a $300 million gambling operation is asking for a new trial.

GOP senator holds up $60M in economic aid to Egypt

10/22/2013 10:21am
President Barack Obama's first package of post-coup economic aid to Egypt is hitting a roadblock in Congress, where a key Republican senator is holding up the transfer of $60 million to a program to spur private investment in Egypt's flailing economy, according to U.S. officials and congressional aides.

Bob Barker welcomes elephants to Calif. sanctuary

10/22/2013 10:50am
Three former zoo elephants from Canada have arrived at their new home in a California sanctuary after former "Price is Right" host and animal activist Bob Barker sought and paid for the move.

IRS paid more than $110B in improper tax credits

10/22/2013 11:11am
The Internal Revenue Service paid out more than $110 billion in tax credits over the past decade to people who didn't qualify for them, according to a Treasury report released Tuesday.

NY comptroller: Wall Street profits may slow

10/22/2013 11:11am
Though Wall Street recorded $10.1 billion in profits for the first half of 2013, New York's comptroller said Tuesday that federal budget dithering, higher interest rates and litigation may slow earnings for the last half in a securities industry that's kept trimming jobs.

Delta flight lands in Seattle after diversion

10/22/2013 11:13am
A Seattle-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta that made an emergency landing Monday night in Pasco, Wash., finally landed at about 6 a.m. Tuesday at Sea-Tac Airport.

White House: cooperation with Saudis to continue

10/22/2013 11:38am
The Obama administration says its cooperation with Saudi Arabia will continue despite the kingdom's rejection of a coveted seat on the U.N. Security Council.

White House defends drone strikes after new report

10/22/2013 11:40am
The White House says it strongly disagrees with any assertions the U.S. violated international law by using drone strikes in Pakistan.

Pa. man gets 8 months in Paul Allen ID theft case

10/22/2013 12:07pm
A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for what a prosecutor called an elaborate scheme to steal Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's identity and spend $658 using a credit card in Allen's name last year.

Navy Blue Angels to resume performances next year

10/22/2013 12:29pm
The Navy's daredevil fighter jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014.

Former Rep. Major Owens of Brooklyn dies at 77

10/22/2013 12:33pm
Major Owens, a New York City Democrat who served 12 terms in the U.S. House and was credited with helping to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, has died at age 77.

How the AP-NORC Center poll was conducted

10/22/2013 12:38pm
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll on the attitudes of Americans age 50 and over on searching for work was conducted from Aug. 8-Sept. 10 by NORC at the University of Chicago. It is based on landline and cellphone interviews with a nationally representative random sample of 1,024 adults 50 years old and older. Interviews included 815 respondents on landline telephones and 209 on cellphones.

Agency refuses to release SeaWorld protocols

10/22/2013 1:07pm
A federal agency is refusing to release SeaWorld's new safety protocols for trainer interactions with killer whales despite a judge's ruling that they are not trade secrets.

Journalist group condemns press freedom violations

10/22/2013 1:14pm
A group representing journalists from across the Americas condemned violations of press freedoms in both Latin America and the United States on Tuesday, including the killings of 14 journalists, the secret seizure of Associated Press phone records and a new censorship law in Ecuador.

Repairs, scaffolding ahead for US Capitol dome

10/22/2013 1:48pm
The 150-year-old U.S. Capitol dome will be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years during its first major restoration since 1960, officials said Tuesday.

Largest signed baseball collection on display

10/22/2013 1:49pm
When New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for 9-year-old Dennis Schrader at a 1956 spring training game in Florida, it began a lifelong obsession. Today, Schrader has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest such collection in the world.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Lawrence Klein dies

10/22/2013 1:55pm
Lawrence R. Klein, a longtime University of Pennsylvania professor who won the Nobel Prize in economics, has died. He was 93.

UN, US and Russia to meet on Syria on Nov. 5

10/22/2013 2:35pm
U.S. and Russian officials will meet with the U.N.-Arab League in Geneva on Nov. 5 as part of stepped up international efforts to hold a peace conference on Syria in mid-November.

Police: Paraguayan leader's son arrested in Fla.

10/22/2013 2:48pm
The son of Paraguay's president was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery and later released, accused of punching someone during a weekend party at a luxury apartment complex in suburban Miami, according to police reports released Tuesday.

US warns of plot abduct journalists in Syria

10/22/2013 3:07pm
The State Department says it has learned of a plot to abduct Western journalists covering Syria's civil war and is warning those who travel there to take precautions.

Shutdown causes IRS to delay tax filing season

10/22/2013 3:09pm
Here's more fallout from the government's partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year.

Concerns that slowed Sept. hiring likely to linger

10/22/2013 3:21pm
The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren't going away.

FBI getting tips about mystery girl in Gypsy camp

10/22/2013 3:50pm
The FBI is looking into whether a child found at a Gypsy camp in Greece is a missing Kansas City, Mo., girl, although the children's ages don't appear to match.

Elizabeth Ballantine named president of IAPA

10/22/2013 3:55pm
Elizabeth Ballantine, a shareholder and director of a family-owned media company that owns Colorado's Durango Herald was elected president of the Inter American Press Association on Tuesday.

House votes for school checks for sex offenders

10/22/2013 4:01pm
Public schools would be barred from employing teachers and other workers convicted of sexual offenses against children or other violent crimes under a bill the House approved Tuesday.

Same-sex couples register marriage licenses in NC

10/22/2013 4:09pm
For Lisa and Cindy Bovee-Kemper, the Tuesday morning trip to the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office was a symbolic one.

Iraq vet's family wants 'SpongeBob' gravestone back

10/22/2013 4:09pm
The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place while the cemetery officials that removed it say that's the only thing they won't do, leaving both sides at an apparent impasse that may have to be decided in court.

For jobless over 50, a challenging search for work

10/22/2013 4:16pm
When Charlie Worboys lost his job, he feared searching for a new one at his age might be tough. Six years later, at 65, he's still looking.

Ga.-based furniture renter Aaron's, FTC settle

10/22/2013 4:46pm
The Federal Trade Commission says Atlanta-based furniture renter Aaron's Inc. has agreed to a settlement over allegations that it helped place spyware on computers that secretly monitored consumers by taking webcam pictures of them in their homes.

US envoy meets with late Cuban activist's daughter

10/22/2013 4:55pm
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power says she met with the daughter of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya and discussed the need for an investigation into his death.

Saudis lash out at UN council after rejecting seat

10/22/2013 5:04pm
Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador lashed out at the Security Council on Tuesday and indicated that his country is standing by its decision to reject the seat it was elected to on the U.N.'s most powerful body.

Woman faces immigration charges for Israel bombing

10/22/2013 5:18pm
An Arab-American community activist from the Chicago suburbs was arrested Tuesday on immigration charges for allegedly lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel.

2 human rights groups criticize US drone program

10/22/2013 5:23pm
The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan.

Lawyer: Libyan denies US terror charges

10/22/2013 5:34pm
An alleged al-Qaida member accused in a pair of 1998 U.S. embassy bombings maintains his innocence and was shaken by the experience of being snatched off the streets of Libya and interrogated for a week aboard an American warship, his new lawyer said Tuesday.

WWII vet honored with long-overdue military medals

10/22/2013 5:36pm
Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn't want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed in full regalia _ even if it was with a fistful of long-overdue medals he waited decades to receive.

2nd worker in LAX explosions pleads not guilty

10/22/2013 5:52pm
The second worker charged with setting a series of dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities ID man killed in Vegas club shooting

10/22/2013 6:07pm
Authorities have identified a patron who died at an after-hours nightclub in a Las Vegas Strip casino after trying to subdue a man who shot two club employees.

Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

10/22/2013 6:43pm
Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

Hundreds rally for Mo. teen in sex assault case

10/22/2013 7:45pm
A day after a Jackson County prosecutor was named to re-investigate a northwest Missouri teen sexual abuse case, a modest crowd of a few hundred people braved chilly conditions Tuesday night to show support for a girl whose story has drawn worldwide attention.

Transit labor clash resolved after deadly accident

10/22/2013 7:46pm
It took months of tortured talks, two strikes and the deaths of two workers for San Francisco's transit rail workers and their employer to finally agree on a contract that got trains running again Tuesday.

How much it cost to go to college

10/22/2013 10:06pm
College tuition has gone up but not as much in the past. Some costs for the 2013-14 academic year, compared with the previous year:

Nevada boy says he came face-to-face with shooter

10/22/2013 10:14pm
Thirteen-year-old Angelo Ferro was at the Sparks Middle School playground with friends Monday when he heard a pop about 15 minutes before the morning bell rang. He said he didn't think much of it _ it could've been someone popping a plastic bag.

Corruption-plagued city official to stand trial

10/22/2013 10:26pm
A former assistant city manager of the corruption-plagued city of Bell is headed to trial in California.

Pastor detained in Iran set to return to US

10/22/2013 10:46pm
A Southern California preacher who was briefly detained after protesting outside an Iranian prison was expected back home Wednesday, his daughter said.