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  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. Behind the administration's repeated assurances that consumers...

  • Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia. More than 40 African leaders are set to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington next week. White House spokesman Eric...

  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed. For the moment, the deadlock is...

  • Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2. The Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity is still an active priest in the Ciudad del Este...

  • Gold miners outraged at critical Nome letter

    NOME, Alaska (AP) — Nome gold miners are expressing outrage about a city letter citing the "negative social impacts" of their industry. Miners stormed the Nome City Council meeting Monday night to voice their anger about the July 15 letter to the state Department of Natural Resources from city...

  • 3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Three long-time Putin associates are among eight people who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, an official EU document showed Wednesday. The EU measures were the first to target members of the Russian president's inner circle for Russia's actions in Ukraine. Among...

  • Few applying for insurance acknowledge smoking

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 percent of...

  • Exelon will buy Integrys retail unit for $60M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Energy company Exelon said it will buy the retail business of competitor Integrys for $60 million. The business, called Integrys Energy Services, sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC. Exelon said the business will become...

  • Argentina officials stage 11th-hour talks in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's economy minister led a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default. With a midnight deadline looming, Minister Axel Kicillof arrived at the New York City office of a mediator...

  • Fitch Ratings keeps 'negative' rating for Conn.

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A ratings agency has maintained Connecticut's bond rating as "negative," saying the state's budget relied on one-time fixes and the state's economic recovery is inadequate. The analysis by Fitch Ratings released Tuesday said Connecticut's key finance sector continues to...

  • Boeing will handle final assembly of 787-10 in SC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina. The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from...

  • Boston protesters rally against gas pipeline

    BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts are calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to rescind his support for additional taxes on New Englanders' electricity bills to help pay for it. Hundreds of protesters gathered Wednesday on the Boston Common,...

  • Greenpeace attorneys question P&G's damage claim

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges for a stunning protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters are challenging the consumer product company's damage claims. In a new court filing, defense attorneys want a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge to order P&G...

  • Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

    Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired. During the exchange, Lerner says she is traveling in Great Britain....

  • Ohio: 2nd fine levied against prison food vendor

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio prisons director says the state has levied a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year. Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the $130,200 fine was determined earlier this...



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