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Gay marriage backers, foes hold dueling rallies

01/29/2014 12:06am
A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue reached the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies.

Wounded war hero is State of Union high point

01/29/2014 1:06am
Wounded veteran Cory Remsburg had met President Barack Obama three times before Tuesday night_ once in France and twice since a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on his 10th deployment. Number four was at Obama's State of the Union address, when the Army Ranger inspired the emotional high point of the evening.

Reaction to Obama's State of the Union address

01/29/2014 1:08am
Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:

Text of Obama's State of the Union address

01/29/2014 1:10am
Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House:

Tension in Democratic Party after Obama speech

01/29/2014 1:22am
Tensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with skepticism.

Americans react to Obama's address to nation

01/29/2014 1:54am
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to make his pitch that the nation must address persistent problems, from unemployment to immigration to the gap between rich and poor.

Group aims to improve food at Pa. corner stores

01/29/2014 4:01am
From the outside, Carmen Medina's convenience store appears to be an oasis in the food desert of gritty north Philadelphia, from its bright yellow-and-white striped awnings to the fake palm tree sculptures on the sidewalk.

NJ tot left on cold school bus for nearly 6 hours

01/29/2014 4:44am
Officials in central New Jersey have fired a school bus driver after a toddler was left on his bus in bitter cold weather for nearly six hours.

Teacher names son after student killed in tornado

01/29/2014 5:33am
The school's wall collapsed onto Jennifer Doan Rogers as she desperately tried to protect her third-grade students as a tornado ripped through their Oklahoma community. The young teacher had laid one of her hands on Nicolas McCabe, a 9-year-old with an infectious grin.

Biden says he could be president, 'in my heart'

01/29/2014 6:16am
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that "in my heart" he could be a good president.

Republicans say Obama can't do much without them

01/29/2014 6:57am
Congressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama's vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't help him create jobs and narrow the nation's yawning income gap, insisting he'll accomplish little in a divided government without them.

Q&A about Obama's push to raise minimum wage

01/29/2014 7:09am
Relatively few Americans _ less than 5 percent of hourly workers _ toil for the minimum wage today.

Highlights from Obama's State of the Union address

01/29/2014 7:57am
President Barack Obama urged Congress to help restore opportunity for Americans but pledged to take action himself Tuesday in his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. Some highlights from Obama's economic and other proposals:

Government to track down thieves in Target breach

01/29/2014 8:44am
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp.

Wind turbine maker to close western Pa. plant

01/29/2014 8:53am
The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa says it will close its western Pennsylvania plant and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs.

Wage hike for federal contract workers limited

01/29/2014 9:20am
President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.

Freshened Hyundai Equus boosts styling, equipment

01/29/2014 9:41am
For the first time since its late 2010 introduction, Hyundai's flagship Equus luxury sedan is subtly restyled for a more premium appearance and adds more safety equipment, more amenities and a retuned suspension for improved ride.

Fact sheet: Hyundai Equus

01/29/2014 9:41am
2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate

W.Va. official: People are inhaling formaldehyde

01/29/2014 10:42am
A state official said Wednesday that he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban

17 California communities running out of water

01/29/2014 10:50am
Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.

As Obama backs wage hike, a look at state efforts

01/29/2014 10:57am
President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers covered by new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, a big jump from the current federal minimum of $7.25. Obama hopes his order will spur Congress to increase the minimum wage for all employees.

Rubio: Loss of trust in Obama stalled immigration

01/29/2014 11:10am
Sen. Marco Rubio, a major player on immigration policy, said Wednesday that there was no chance now of passing a broad overhaul because Republicans have lost trust in President Barack Obama.

Norway lawmakers nominate Snowden for Nobel

01/29/2014 11:17am
Two Norwegian politicians have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, saying his disclosures of secret U.S. documents have contributed to making the world more peaceful.

Kennecott announces another round of job cuts

01/29/2014 11:35am
Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. has laid off 15 employees and eliminated other jobs because of a landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake City.

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169

01/29/2014 11:36am
As of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

House Roll Call: farm bill

01/29/2014 11:39am
The 251-166 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a compromise farm bill to reform and continue programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies.

AP PHOTOS: South struggles out of deep freeze

01/29/2014 12:13pm
The Deep South is still digging out of the not-so-deep snow that nonetheless paralyzed the region, forcing schoolchildren to spend the night at schools, stranding motorists, and extending commutes normally counted in minutes to hours.

Holder offers Congress assurances on surveillance

01/29/2014 12:18pm
Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance. He's defending the Obama administration's methods to Congress while also insisting that the government will safeguard the privacy rights of all Americans.

Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

01/29/2014 12:25pm
The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments _ mostly in the West _ received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

Senate leader opposes Obama on quick trade deals

01/29/2014 12:53pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he opposes President Barack Obama's proposal for legislation letting Congress vote quick approval of trade deals with other countries.

Ethics committee ends investigation into Radel

01/29/2014 12:59pm
The House Ethics Committee is ending an investigation of former Rep. Trey Radel because the Florida Republican resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges.

Beretta to build new firearms plant in Tenn.

01/29/2014 1:00pm
Italian gun maker Beretta said Wednesday that Tennessee's support for gun rights was a major factor in its decision to build a manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.

Smoke in plane diverts DC-to-Boston flight to Del.

01/29/2014 1:01pm
The Federal Aviation Administration says a United Airlines flight from Washington to Boston was diverted to Delaware after the pilot reported smoke in the aircraft.

Detroit man sentenced to prison in dismemberment

01/29/2014 1:14pm
A 73-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in the dismemberment of a still-unidentified woman whose remains were found in his bathtub.

FACT CHECK: Obama and Medicare premiums

01/29/2014 1:20pm
It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he's bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.

UConn chief expects fine for crime reporting

01/29/2014 1:49pm
The University of Connecticut likely faces a fine from the federal Department of Education over its past crime reporting practices, its police chief told its board of trustees Wednesday.

Holder offers assurances on surveillance

01/29/2014 1:51pm
Attorney General Eric Holder sought to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance Wednesday, defending the Obama administration's methods to Congress at the same time he insisted that the government will safeguard Americans' privacy.

Kan. court skeptical of defense in Tiller shooting

01/29/2014 1:51pm
Justices on Kansas' highest court expressed skepticism Wednesday that a man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Wichita abortion provider should get a new trial because he sincerely believed he was saving the lives of unborn children.

San Francisco: Rescuers didn't kill Asiana victim

01/29/2014 1:55pm
The city of San Francisco is contradicting a coroner's findings that a girl survived an airliner crash in July only to be run over and killed by rescuers at San Francisco International Airport.

Lawyers debate McDonnells' contact with witnesses

01/29/2014 1:56pm
Prosecutors and defense lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are arguing over how much contact the couple can have with potential witnesses who are friends or relatives.

Court won't revisit California 'gay therapy' ban

01/29/2014 1:58pm
A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

Clapper says Syrian al-Qaida wants to attack US

01/29/2014 2:00pm
The Syrian militant group tied to al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, wants to attack the United States and is training a growing cadre of fighters from Europe, the Mideast and even the U.S., the top U.S. intelligence official told Congress on Wednesday.

US official: North Korea nuclear reactor restarted

01/29/2014 2:06pm
North Korea has followed through on its threat to advance its nuclear weapons program, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday, while a research institute pointed to signs the communist country is preparing to launch bigger rockets.

After threat, NY rep. faces temperament questions

01/29/2014 2:31pm
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has never been shy about promoting himself as a tough guy.

Obama executive omissions leave some allies angry

01/29/2014 2:43pm
For some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address was marred by a few glaring omissions.

Ky. man admits to patient's fatal insulin overdose

01/29/2014 2:53pm
David Trent Satterfield Jr. had been a suspect in the 2007 insulin overdose death of a patient at a Louisville nursing home for almost seven years, but police had little to go on to pursue an arrest.

Dairy farmers welcome farm bill's subsidy overhaul

01/29/2014 3:03pm
Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times.

Bill lets residents donate to gay marriage fight

01/29/2014 3:06pm
A Utah lawmaker hopes residents can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form.

5 Things to know about executive orders

01/29/2014 3:09pm
President Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own more often. (He's already done it quite a bit.) Five things to know about executive orders and other presidential edicts:

Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing

01/29/2014 3:16pm
As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

Plains oil shipments disrupting Amtrak trains

01/29/2014 3:16pm
A group that advocates for train and rail transit passengers says a massive increase in rail shipments of crude oil from the northern Plains is partly to blame for disruptions to an Amtrak route linking Chicago and the West Coast.

Convicted NJ airline groper sentenced to 8 years

01/29/2014 3:17pm
A New Jersey man who sexually abused a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

10 US cities vow to slash emissions from buildings

01/29/2014 3:20pm
Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings.

Japan envoy urges calm amid tensions with China

01/29/2014 3:44pm
Japan's ambassador called for improved relations with China on Wednesday as the top U.S. intelligence official warned that territorial disputes and nationalist fervor are increasing the risk of conflict in East Asia.

Fed to reduce pace of bond buying by another $10B

01/29/2014 3:46pm
Given the U.S. economy's growing strength, the Federal Reserve pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program, even though the prospect of reduced stimulus and higher interest rates has rattled global markets.

Calif. bill restricts government use of drones

01/29/2014 3:52pm
California would establish what supporters say are some of the nation's strictest standards for the use of drone aircraft by government entities, under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Assembly.

Propane shortages prompting state officials to act

01/29/2014 3:55pm
Supply problems in several states where propane is a crucial heating source have prompted governors and other officials to take action against vendors, investigate claims of price gouging and increase aid to low-income customers.

Pa. diocese: Educator changed name, hid NY firing

01/29/2014 4:06pm
The former headmaster of a Pennsylvania Catholic school said Wednesday he was fired for politics, not performance, after officials found he'd been dismissed from another Catholic school because of his racist writings.

Tax credit proposal has a bipartisan chance

01/29/2014 4:08pm
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama gave a shout out to House Speaker John Boehner, hailing him as the successful son of a saloon keeper. It brought the house down. Less noticed, but perhaps more significant, was his hat tip to Sen. Marco Rubio, singling out the Florida Republican's support for expanding tax benefits for low-income workers.

New charges in death of girl hit by stray bullet

01/29/2014 4:21pm
Four men are facing new charges in the death of a 5-year-old Omaha girl who was hit by a stray bullet while eating breakfast in her family's home.

Oregon crime suspect shoots himself in the groin

01/29/2014 4:34pm
Police in Portland, Ore., say a man suspected of shooting a neighbor shot himself in the groin while trying to leave the scene of the crime.

No charges in archdiocese's handling of abuse case

01/29/2014 4:43pm
Minnesota prosecutors said Wednesday they would not charge members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis over the way they handled allegations of sexual abuse by a priest, saying there was not enough evidence to prove anyone _ including another priest who learned during a confession of the molestation _ violated the law.

APNewsBreak: Wash. to increase execution access

01/29/2014 4:52pm
Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.

EPA, Texas reach deal on clean air plan

01/29/2014 5:07pm
Federal and state environmental officials said Wednesday that they've reached an agreement on portions of the Texas clean air plan that for years have been points of contention.

Steve McMillan named AP Va., W.Va. news editor

01/29/2014 5:19pm
The Associated Press has named Steve McMillan, a seasoned editor who has overseen such coverage as the foreclosure and financial meltdown and the buyout of Qwest Communications, news editor for Virginia and West Virginia.

A look at the wild weather in the Deep South

01/29/2014 5:30pm
A look at the winter storm that crippled the Deep South:

Former Christie legal aide to run NJ ethics panel

01/29/2014 5:33pm
A lawyer who worked in Gov. Chris Christie's administration has been named to lead the state Ethics Commission, a job that comes with the authority to evaluate which ethics complaints are investigated and which are thrown out.

Oscar nod for "Alone Yet Not Alone" song rescinded

01/29/2014 5:44pm
The motion picture academy says it's rescinding the Academy Awards original song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name after it discovered composer Bruce Broughton emailed members of the group's music branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

Obama pledges support amid California drought

01/29/2014 5:46pm
President Barack Obama is telling California's governor that the federal government will do what's necessary to help with a historic drought afflicting the state.

Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people

01/29/2014 5:52pm
The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.

New lawsuit alleges unreasonable search in NM

01/29/2014 5:55pm
Another lawsuit has been filed over an unreasonable search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the Mexico border, the latest in a handful of similar cases.

School rescues, sleeping in cars among storm tales

01/29/2014 6:19pm
They crept through traffic that makes an ordinary Atlanta rush hour feel like a drag race, trudged home through ice and snow while watching cars skid and slide through intersections and spent the night taking care of young children stranded at school. Some even slept in their cars.

Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

01/29/2014 6:33pm
The government can't keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday in a potentially far-reaching decision that gives defense attorneys unprecedented access to records filed with a secret intelligence court.

Report: 250 million school age kids can't read

01/29/2014 6:38pm
At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency.

Super Bowl ads show signs of maturity

01/29/2014 7:28pm
Forget slapstick humor, corny gimmicks and skimpy bikinis. This year's Super Bowl ads promise something surprising: Maturity.

AP hires Bussewitz as Hawaii statehouse reporter

01/29/2014 7:33pm
Cathy Bussewitz, an award-winning Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter skilled in multimedia and data reporting, has been hired as a government and politics reporter for The Associated Press in Hawaii.

Suburban NY prosecutor running for US House seat

01/29/2014 7:46pm
A suburban New York prosecutor who has attracted national headlines for murder convictions in drunken driving cases and a crackdown on college entrance exam cheating is running for Congress.

Man's murder, decapitation stymies Wyoming police

01/29/2014 8:13pm
The discovery of an unidentified murder victim's headless body nearly three weeks ago on a remote, dead-end dirt road in Wyoming has stymied investigators and led some residents to speculate that big-league drug violence has reached a rural county just east of Yellowstone National Park.

Fort Carson crash injures 2 on training mission

01/29/2014 9:45pm
Military officials say a small plane crashed at Fort Carson's Butts Army Airfield, injuring the two crewmembers aboard.

Feds urged to better track sex abuse in schools

01/29/2014 10:20pm
Federal agencies aren't doing enough to track incidents of sexual abuse committed by school personnel and should better educate districts and states about how to handle such cases, congressional investigators say

Wounded vet stars at Obama State of Union address

01/29/2014 11:46pm
For a few moments at least, there were no politics in the State of the Union address. It was just Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, a severely wounded Army Ranger, up there in the balcony overlooking the House chamber.

San Francisco: Rescuers didn't kill Asiana victim

01/29/2014 11:49pm
The coroner who concluded a girl died after she was twice run over by rescue trucks racing toward a burning plane disputes a different conclusion from city officials who say she was already dead from the impact of falling out of the crashing jet.

Board seeks more refinery oversight after WA blast

01/29/2014 11:54pm
Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.