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  • New Greek government to spend $234M on poverty relief

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euros ($234 million) this year on assistance programs for people pushed into “extreme poverty” by the financial crisis. In its first…

  • AP Exclusive: Airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm that explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries…

  • Slovenian lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, adoption

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples amid opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church. Parliament voted 51:28 Tuesday to pass changes to the family…

  • Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend…

  • Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives. The House…

  • Unions say they’ll sue Christie again over pension payments

    Fourteen unions representing state public-sector employees announced Tuesday that they intend to sue Republican Gov. Chris Christie again over planned contributions to government employees’ pension funds. The threat of an additional lawsuit adds to the…

  • NYC Council begins hearings on police-community relations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Relations between New York City’s police department and communities of color, long at a simmer, boiled over last summer when an unarmed Eric Garner was captured on video screaming “I can’t…

  • Official: Homeless man killed by police did time for robbery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police had been released last May from a federal prison after serving roughly 14 years for bank robbery, a law enforcement…

  • Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu ‘condescension’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke,…

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit March 2 18,114,040 Statutory debt…

  • Senate GOP tries to repeal NLRB rule on union elections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate moved Tuesday to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union’s request for representation and the vote on…

  • Wife of arrested Caracas mayor seeks international support

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of imprisoned Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma is asking the Organization of American States to intervene on the opposition leader’s behalf. Mitzy Ledezma met with officials Tuesday at the regional…

  • Obama announces new education effort to ‘let girls learn’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new government-wide initiative on Tuesday to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school. His wife, Michelle, will visit Japan and Cambodia later…

  • FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, FCC Chairman…

  • A complication for the Fed: Rate cuts by other central banks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve’s decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows: They’re cutting their own rates. Last weekend, China’s central…