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  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year’s elections. It’s not the uninsured, but rather the…

  • AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s refugee agency says borders must be “open to Syrians everywhere,” including in Europe, and that the world must do more to support Middle Eastern countries…

  • US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops —some are operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in support…

  • Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the…

  • Congress’ familiar path: short-term solutions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation’s highway and transit aid, they were…

  • California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were…

  • AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in “bite-sized” infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers — these are the prescriptions of…

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent…

  • AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for…

  • Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A woman has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans, Bellingham police said. KCPQ-TV said the ship is anchored in Bellingham…

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block…

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the bill…

  • Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project. Cabinet chief Pedro Cateriano…

  • Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Senate passes trade bill sought by Obama on bipartisan vote WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade…