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Obama tells Russia more sanctions are standing by
President Obama is accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, and warning Moscow that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up." 
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Taliban may finally be ready for deal on captive US soldier
The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal.
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US, Israel denounce Palestinian unity plan
It could be a historic step toward ending a split that has left Palestinians divided between two sets of rulers for the past seven years. Rival factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections.
Oklahoma lawmaker seeks impeachment of court justices
A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of five state Supreme Court justices, who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates.
Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts
The U-2 spy plane -- which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet -- outlasted the Cold War and even outlived its successor. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft from the sky.
Egypt cleared for some US military aid, source says
A congressional aide said the Obama administration has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel -- and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.
Kerry says Russia lacks positive steps in Ukraine
Secretary of State John Kerry is telling the Russian foreign minister that he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by the Russians, to de-escalate the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine.
Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage
President Obama is bracing to share sorrows once again as he visits Washington state, to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people last month.
US troops head to exercises in Eastern Europe
U.S. Army troops are arriving in Poland to begin what will be a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe -- in a move to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month.
Globe had fourth hottest March on record, US cooler than usual
Federal forecasters have calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States, where the month was about one degree cooler than normal.
Intelligence workers' admissions of guilt not reported, official says
An inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community has said that some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies, because of breakdowns in reporting procedures.
IRS gives bonuses to employees who owe back taxes
A government investigator said Tuesday that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid out $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes, and many got bonuses even though they had been disciplined for some kind of misconduct.
Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on schools considering race
A U.S. Supreme Court justice is accusing her fellow justices of trying to "wish away" racial inequality -- by upholding a Michigan law that prohibits state universities from considering race as a factor in school admissions.
Job market improved for 2013 college grads, Labor Dept. says
The job market for new college graduates is brightening, but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was the lowest rate since 2007.
Democrats eye 15 US cities as possible host of 2016 convention
The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday asked Chicago, New York and more than a dozen other U.S. cities to make a pitch to host the party's presidential nominating convention in 2016.
Advocacy group files suit against Georgia gay marriage ban
A gay rights group has said it plans to file a federal lawsuit in Atlanta to challenge Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Colorado abandons medical marijuana crackdown
Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crack down on medical marijuana growers using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without the kind of oversight faced by commercial growers.
Hagel vists center where sex assault victims get information
Visiting the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network's Washington office Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed to stop what he calls the "insidious crime" of sex assaults in the military -- but also to make sure victims are not neglected.
US says Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord
Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday -- as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the Ukrainian government.
Warmer temperatures lift US economy, reports show
A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter's deep freeze. Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement.
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