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Obama to Senate: Delay on attorney general vote is 'embarrassing'

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WASHINGTON -- In a forceful denouncement, President Barack Obama derided the "political gamesmanship" that he said continues to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general five months after he first nominated her for the job.

Speaking at a news conference Friday with the Italian prime minister, an apparently ...Read more

Parole board clears another Guantanamo 'forever prisoner'

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MIAMI -- A federal parole board has cleared another Guantanamo "forever prisoner" -- a 37-year-old Yemeni who the U.S. profiled as having met Osama bin Laden -- for release from the detention center in southeast Cuba.

"I am against violence. I don't have the least intention to spend any more time with other detainees," Mashoor al-Sabri told the...Read more

Al-Qaida in Yemen using chaos of war to carve out terrorism haven

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WASHINGTON -- A brazen territorial grab by al-Qaida militants in Yemen -- together with a $1 million bank heist, a prison break and capture of a military base -- has given the terrorist group fundraising and recruitment tools that suggest it is following the brutal path blazed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Al-Qaida in the ...Read more

Americans face harrowing escapes from Yemen, says US envoy in Djibouti

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GENEVA -- American citizens escaping Yemen, including small children and some frail elderly, are arriving exhausted in Djibouti after harrowing journeys from the besieged country, where a U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombing campaign is entering its fourth week, the U.S. ambassador to the small Horn of Africa country told McClatchy on Thursday. ...Read more

How Sen. Corker became Mr. Fix-It and forged deal on Iran

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WASHINGTON -- Fighting to get Congress a voice on an Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Bob Corker found himself in an increasingly familiar spot -- in the thick of a difficult situation.

And loving it.

"I do enjoy it because I enjoy us doing things that are going to significantly affect the lives of people that we represent and making sure that any ...Read more

Obama's climate change policy appears to survive early court challenge

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to battle climate change by forcing power plants to reduce their greenhouse gases appeared to survive its first court challenge Thursday, but only because the formal rules are still pending at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent ...Read more

Stem cell research could grow bone, potentially treat obesity

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MIAMI -- A new stem cell study conducted at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has isolated a trigger in stem cells that could be the key to growing bone and combating conditions like osteoporosis and obesity.

Published in March, the study is the culmination of years of work to define a specific biochemical switch that determines...Read more

Congress members and survivors urge return of kidnapped Nigerian girls

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WASHINGTON -- On the first anniversary of the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls by terrorists, two survivors joined human rights advocates and members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to ensure their classmates' plight is not forgotten.

The group dressed in the color red, which they said represented the girls, wore purple ...Read more

Why Republicans want a bigger US estate tax repeal than ever

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have narrowed the estate tax so much that it affects only about 5,500 wealthy American households a year. Now they want to eliminate the tax altogether -- with a bonus for heirs.

Under the latest plan, backed by farmers and business groups, estates would pay no taxes. Furthermore, heirs wouldn't owe any ...Read more

South Dakota to complete Obama's 50-state circuit

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is crossing South Dakota off his list.

The home of Mount Rushmore and the Badlands is the last state to get a presidential visit from Obama. He said in an interview with South Dakota television station KSFY-TV that he'll deliver the 2015 commencement address at a technical institute in Watertown next month. ...Read more