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  • Pence: ‘Dramatically increase’ defense spending

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow; was Putin critic MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near…

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California’s agricultural heartland to again scramble…

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department’s announcement in December that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or…

  • Lawyers: Detained immigrant families in Texas offered bonds

    DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on offering bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., a shift that comes after a federal judge…

  • Google’s Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with…

  • GOP, Dem senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Friday that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program. The…

  • Yellen meets with conservative groups unhappy with Fed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. The meeting, which was set…

  • Wyly brothers ordered to give up $299 million in fraud suit

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother’s estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to…

  • A look at some of Missouri Auditor Schweich’s top findings

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tom Schweich released about 570 audits during his roughly four years as Missouri state auditor, which ended Thursday when he shot himself in what police describe as an apparent suicide.…

  • FDIC closes Puerto Rico’s Doral Bank; Banco Popular steps in

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico regulators shut down Doral Bank on Friday, with Banco Popular taking over most of the operations of what once the U.S. territory’s fourth largest bank. Doral had…

  • Former US Rep. Rick Renzi reports to prison for 3-year term

    PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. Renzi previously succeeded in…

  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due…

  • Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science-fiction

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy didn’t just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as…

  • Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home

    NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, jurors found Friday after a trial that spotlighted one of the world’s biggest private homes. A Manhattan federal…