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Iran general urges Tehran to choose new UN diplomat
A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to choose a new envoy to the U.N., after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over his reported ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL pipeline
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
First Lady to appear on May episode of ABC's 'Nashville'
Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she will appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville" -- in an episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" set at Kentucky's Fort Campbell.
No comment from White House on 'deport Bieber' petition
The White House has two words for those who want President Obama to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber -- No comment.
Illinois Medicaid program paying for dead clients, memo says
An internal Illinois government memo has found that state's Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records.
Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month
More than two-thirds of U.S. states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained four and-a-half year recovery.
White House makes economics focus of Asia trip
The White House is focusing President Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda.
Britain's opposition party hires former top Obama adviser
Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a former top adviser to U.S. President Obama, who was a key figure behind his two presidential victories, to help with its leader's election bid next year.
Keystone XL pipeline supporters denounce latest delay
Republicans are denouncing the latest delay in the review process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada -- a controversial process that has dragged on now for more than five years.
Colorado deaths stoke worries about edible marijuana
Two recent deaths in Colorado have stoked concerns about the state's recreational marijuana industry, and the effects of marijuana edibles that can be exponentially more potent than a typical joint.
Sebelius not considering a run for US Senate, HHS says
A spokeswoman for departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that the former Kansas governor is not considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges
More than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government to run their health insurance markets must decide if they want to take a crack at it themselves. Time is running out with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money at stake.
Toronto mayor promises to fight harder than ever for re-election
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is acknowledging "some rocky moments over the past year," but on Thursday promised to fight harder than ever to win re-election in October.
Obama sends condolences on South Korea ferry disaster
President Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster, saying that the U.S. has an "unwavering commitment" to its ally South Korea in good times and bad -- and will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.
Obama says no US military involvement in Ukraine
President Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering, because what's happening in Eastern Europe is not a situation that would be amenable to a military solution.
Ukraine talks bring parties together, raise hope
The talks on Ukraine in Switzerland brought together four parties that had seemed extremely far apart on some issues, but within a few hours they produced a broad agreement that holds out substantial hope for a crisis on the verge of spinning out of control.
Steps have been taken to ease Ukraine tensions, Kerry says
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have all agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.
Snowden questions Putin on Russian surveillance policies
Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show Thursday, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president -- a message from Edward Snowden.
US working on non-lethal aid package for Ukraine
U.S. officials say the Obama administration is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment.
NJ traffic jam committee plans to call Christie's staff
The New Jersey legislative committee investigating a political retribution scandal orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides plans to call people who work for the governor to testify in the case, beginning next month.
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