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Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises facing the United States right now.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

 

BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees, while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014

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