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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...

  • 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...

  • Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted...

  • Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields —...

  • Fed offers no clearer hint on first rate increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is further slowing the pace of its bond purchases because it thinks an improving U.S. economy needs less help. But it's offering no clearer hint of when it will start raising its key short-term interest rate. The Fed on Wednesday reiterated its plan to keep...

  • This GIF depicting voter turnout by state in presidential elections is cooler than you'd expect

    GIF of voter turnout (by state) in presidential elections since 1980

  • Shock: 80% of U.S. population growth is from immigrants, resources being sucked dry

    A group dedicated to saving the planet by cutting runaway population increases said that 80 percent of U.S. population growth comes from immigration.

  • EU document: 3 long-time Putin cronies, including ex-judo partner, hit with EU sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — EU document: 3 long-time Putin cronies, including ex-judo partner, hit with EU sanctions.

  • US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. The U.S. didn't assign responsibility for the shelling, but Gaza officials say Israel...

  • Four reasons Harry Reid's ploy to stop a GOP border bill won't work

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is threatening to attach comprehensive immigration reform to targeted legislation intended to address the border crisis.

  • Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that push the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in...

  • How the Obama-Vladimir Putin relationship died

    There have been so many new lows in the relationship between President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that it's easy to forget how confident Obama was in forging a new partnership with the Kremlin after his election in 2008.

  • Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike.

  • A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter....

  • Federal Reserve cuts another $10 billion, but promises more stimulus

    The Federal Reserve continued cutting its monthly bond purchases Wednesday, bringing the monetary stimulus program within months of its end.



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