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Colorado, Washington seek uniform US guidelines on recreational pot

Four U.S. senators from Washington and Colorado want the White House to direct federal agencies to adopt uniform...

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. Read more »

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Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large... Read more »

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Judge's handgun ruling has DC officials, police scrambling

The District of Columbia's top lawyer on Monday sought to temporarily halt a federal court ruling allowing thousands of city residents with registered handguns — as well as legal gun owners... Read more »

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Significant new European sanctions on Russia are expected, U.S. says

The Obama administration expects Europe to adopt significant new sanctions against Russia this week, including against key economic sectors that the Europeans have resisted targeting in the past,... Read more »

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Negotiators predict easy passage of bill to overhaul Department of Veterans Affairs

A sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation's medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this week before... Read more »

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US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South. Read more »

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In Iraq's Mosul, radicals blow up Biblical tombs, impose stark vision of Islam

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for... Read more »

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Hillary Clinton: US needs an orderly process for border kids

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a... Read more »

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Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

More than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's... Read more »

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Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating plane crash site

Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the... Read more »

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Navajo Generating Station, West's largest coal-fired plant, on track to close

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut... Read more »

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House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before... Read more »

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House Speaker John Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration. Read more »

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UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the... Read more »

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Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

Argentina's government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into default. Read more »

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Israel military: 9 soldiers killed in Gaza attacks

The Israeli military says nine soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in ongoing Gaza fighting. Read more »

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Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also... Read more »

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GOP's Joni Ernst back from military training, returns to Senate race

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive... Read more »

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Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17 billion

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays,... Read more »

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Sister with special needs helps new PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth remain grounded

Her father was playing a members-only event at Congressional Country Club, but the Penn State freshman-to-be had to slip away to find her new favorite player on the PGA Tour. Read more »

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Mitt Romney talks pioneers, family tradition in recent post

On Monday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shared the story of a recent family trip that included teaching family members about the sacrifices of the pioneers and family... Read more »

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Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate. Read more »

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Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions... Read more »

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Owens' pollster says new poll shows 'deep vulnerabilities' for Mia Love

Democrat Doug Owens said Monday his campaign's new poll shows Republican Mia Love has only a single-digit lead, confirming the race is "highly competitive." Read more »

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Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the... Read more »

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