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  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
    Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
    Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday
    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

  • Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital; 2 dead, 73 hurt
    Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital; 2 dead, 73 hurt

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

  • Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
    Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive.

  • Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft
    Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.

  • Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.

  • Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views
    Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

  • Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media
    Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media

    PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics.

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