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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said \"hundreds upon hundreds of weapons" destined for cartels were purchased in Arizona gun shops

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican House committee chairman said Wednesday that federal agents were told by superiors to stand aside while gun buyers in Arizona walked away with weapons headed for Mexican drug cartels in a risky U.S. law enforcement operation that went out of control.


Last year, it fell 3 percent to slightly more than 4 million births, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, probably because of the weak economy. Births had been on the rise for years, and the number hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007.


Some prominent Southern Baptist leaders already have said they hope that position will lead to his election as president next year when the 2012 convention is held in Luter's hometown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The man expected to be in the running to become the first African-American in the No. 2 position of the nation's largest Protestant denomination didn't choose to become a Southern Baptist. By Fred Luter Jr.'s account, it just sort of happened.


The Army Corps of Engineers has steadily increased the amount of water it is releasing from dams along the Missouri River to account for excess water from heavy spring rains in the northern Plains

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) -- Crews are trying to beat floodwaters expected to arrive in Hamburg on Tuesday by building up a secondary barrier to protect the small Iowa town after the swollen Missouri River punched a massive hole in the main levee.


The trip gives Obama a chance to offer a counterpoint to what is sure to be a sustained attack on his policies Monday night during a nationally televised debate among Republican presidential hopefuls

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- President Barack Obama pledged Monday to push business-friendly policies on issues including free-trade agreements and worker pension funds as he sought to make good on promises to grow the economy and jobs by boosting competitiveness.


Most Civil War historians agree Black slaves and even some free Blacks contributed crucial manpower to the Southern war effort -- but it was mostly menial work done under duress or for survival

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- As America embarks on four years of Civil War commemorations, it revives an unsettling debate that lingers 150 years after the conflict: how to view the role of African Americans in the Confederacy.


The 7,000-page report was the WikiLeaks disclosure of its time, a sensational breach of government confidentiality that shook Richard Nixon's presidency and prompted a Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forty years after the explosive leak of the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study chronicling deception and misadventure in U.S. conduct of the Vietnam War, the report is coming out in its entirety on Monday.


The government had a surplus of $127 billion in 2001, the year President Bush took office, and was projected to run surpluses totaling $5.6 trillion over the next decade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal budget deficit is on pace to break the $1 trillion mark for a third straight year. Record deficits are putting pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a plan to rein in government spending.


House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the measure is about responding to complaints from constituents worried about illegal voting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina House Republicans are trying to pass legislation that demands people show photo identification before they enter a voting booth, even though it appears the measure would face a veto from Gov. Beverly Perdue.


Despite the test results that have come out so far, the agency added that the interference questions are far from settled

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New government test results show that a proposed high-speed wireless broadband network could jam GPS systems used for everything from aviation to public safety and military operations.


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