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  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — 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 its second default in 13 years. Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said an Argentine delegation would be in New York to meet with a court-appointed...

  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according...

  • UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions. A presidential statement approved by all 15 council members targets two terrorist groups already subject to U.N. sanctions: Jabhat...

  • Texan Castro sworn in as new housing secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been sworn in as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The official ceremony makes Castro one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the government. The brief observance took place Monday at HUD headquarters and was administered by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts of...

  • De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says more trust is needed between police and residents after a death in police custody. De Blasio took office in January after making improving relations between the New York Police Department and minority communities a centerpiece of his campaign. A black man died in police custody this month...

  • FBI: Man sent hundreds of hoax letters with powder

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man accused of sending more than 500 hoax letters that contained a white powder to schools, government offices, day care centers and other locations in the U.S. and around the world was arrested Monday, federal authorities announced. Hong Minh Truong, 66, made his initial appearance in Dallas federal court after...

  • US: 'Threats' behind release of Venezuela general

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday they believe Venezuela used "threats" against Aruba to achieve the release of a powerful former general who is wanted by the United States on drug-trafficking charges. "We are disturbed by credible reports that have come to us indicating the Venezuelan government threatened the governments...

  • Brazil's leader calls Gaza conflict 'a massacre'

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre." Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the comment while speaking with local media outlets Monday from the presidential residence in Brasilia. In an article posted on the website of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff says that "I think...

  • Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston, on Monday...

  • Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

    SACO, Maine (AP) — A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday. Joel Smith presented a friendly face at the 61-unit apartment complex...

  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen says that "a series of innocent oversights" led to the problem. The defense team for the four former...

  • Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily. Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now,...

  • US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South. "We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and...

  • Cuomo defends handling of corruption panel

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday defended his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work. The Democrat said that the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption he created last year and dismantled this spring made its own decisions and that his...

  • France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants. France's interior and foreign ministers said in a joint statement on Monday that "we are ready, if they wish, to help (them) gain asylum on our soil." Most Christians left Mosul — Iraq's...

  • Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Israel's military said a rocket misfired by Gaza militants...

  • City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove...

  • Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances. Prompted by a Chicago Tribune investigation that revealed unexplained spikes in tickets issued, eight aldermen have asked the city's top...

  • Storms knock down US-Mexico fence in Arizona

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico. The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a...

  • NC attorney general won't defend gay marriage ban

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general says his office will no longer defend the state's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling...

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