• Obama says retiring Mikulski is an institution in US Senate

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski is an institution in the Senate whose leadership is inspiration for millions of women around the world. The Maryland Democrat is the longest serving woman in the history of Congress. She announced Monday she...

  • Ohio pair charged with locking up adopted kids, abusing them

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    A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said. The girls, now both teens, reluctantly...

  • Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate

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    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel's leader that...

  • Italian tourist killed when hit by piece of Alaska glacier

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed when he was crushed by a large piece of ice that broke from a glacier. Troopers say Alexander Hellweger died Sunday in the mishap at the head of Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage....

  • Rescuers rappel to reach woman stranded in Phoenix cave

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Officials say crews rappelled down to a cave in the Phoenix area to rescue a hiker. The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1K74KgL ) that Phoenix and suburban Tempe crews carried out the rescue Sunday afternoon on the south side of Papago Park, which is filled with...

  • Wisconsin Assembly committee takes up right-to-work bill

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The state Assembly labor committee's hearing is set to last 10 hours, and the gallery in the hearing room was full when the meeting...

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

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    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of...

  • Fidel Castro meets with 5 Cuban agents once held by US

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    HAVANA (AP) — Former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has met with five Cuban agents who were the focus of a years-long political battle for their return to the island from imprisonment in the U.S. The official daily Granma on Monday carries a letter by Castro about the...

  • Amish jailed in beard-chopping attacks could be released

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — Members of a breakaway Amish community found guilty of chopping off the beards and hair of others they disagreed with could be let out of prison or have their sentences reduced Monday if a judge throws out their remaining convictions. The 16 men and women are to be...

  • 2 men arrested after separate incidents outside White House

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — United States Secret Service personnel responded to two security incidents at the White House, one late Sunday and the other Monday morning. The agency says that in both instances, the individuals were apprehended before entering the White House grounds. Secret...

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