02-22-2017  2:37 am      •     

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Senate Democrats on Dec. 18 voted to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays in the military. Republicans, however, continued their attempts to amend the arms control START Treaty while successfully blocking the immigration reform DREAM Act.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of relentless rain, Southern California on Wednesday was facing the most intense storm system yet, with hundreds of homes evacuated, roads covered with water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires.


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WASHINGTON - (AP) — President Barack Obama signed a landmark law Wednesday repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges and casting the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied.


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ATLANTA – The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping — a decline that stunned experts who believe it's partly due to the recession.


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A gift-giver's thoughtfulness is as apparent in how a gift is wrapped as in what's inside.


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NEW YORK (AP) -- The world is a crazy busy, crazy big place for grandparents and grandkids looking to connect, so why not ditch the slippers for the holidays and focus on gifts grand-kin can enjoy together?


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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's incoming governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, says he won't raise taxes even though he will inherit a budget deficit of at least $9 billion when he takes office in January. Ohio Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich is promising to cut taxes, despite a shortfall of about $8 billion.
 


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Word that the world's largest military power will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military brought strong and swift reaction last week, with supporters declaring a civil rights milestone and detractors insisting it would weaken and divide the armed forces.


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Florida officials filed an obscenity charge Monday against the author of a self-published how-to guide for pedophiles that was yanked from Amazon.com last month after it generated online outrage.


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama lobbied senators by phone Monday to back an arms treaty with Russia that he's called a national security imperative, as a top Senate Democrat conceded "house by house combat" would be needed to win enough GOP votes to prevail.


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