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  • Four years after spill, questions on long-term health CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. hi

    April 11, 2014

  • Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at

    April 11, 2014

  • Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort was inten

    April 10, 2014

  • A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends. Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming

    April 10, 2014

  • Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold. Parks' archives could be

    April 10, 2014

  • McAllister aide among few with access to kiss tape MONROE, La. (AP) — A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance. Pressure has mounted on Republican Vance

    April 10, 2014

  • 'Cuban Twitter' overtly political, poking Castros WASHINGTON (AP) — Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict w

    April 9, 2014

  • Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part

    April 9, 2014

  • Kerry warns Russia of tough new sanctions WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of harsher economic sanctions if it doesn't back down from involvement in Ukraine. Kerry was testifying Tuesday before a Senate panel. He said pro-Russia demonstrations at regional gov

    April 9, 2014

  • Computer support call leads to burglary arrest DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Mike Witonis got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer. Problem is, someone had stolen it from him a year earlier. Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmou

    April 9, 2014

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