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A top Republican proposes to give Obama sweeping powers to increase debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are at a frustrating standstill, leading a top Republican to launch a long-shot proposal to give Obama sweeping new powers to muscle through an increase in the government's debt limit without the approval of a bitterly divided Congress.


Obama administration aims for 2 million more African-American college graduates

ATLANTA – If the United States is going to regain its global leadership position in higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will need to play a major role, says a White House official on education.


Action comes 18 months after two were killed by translator in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi was hired to work as an interpreter alongside American troops in Afghanistan. But soldiers were alarmed by his strange behavior, his inability to do the job and the foul condition of his living quarters, and they suspected he used drugs.


Top two Republicans in Congress say debt solution may be unattainable

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top two Republicans in Congress sought Tuesday to put the onus on President Barack Obama for failure to resolve a fight over how to increase the government's borrowing authority. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a deal with Obama is "probably unattainable" and House Speaker John Boehner said the specter of default is "his problem."


Many African-Americans knocked back into poverty because of job losses

BALTIMORE (AP) --For many people in the black community, where unemployment has risen since the end of the recession, job loss has knocked them out of the middle class and back into poverty. Some analysts even see a historic reversal of hard-won economic gains that took black people decades to achieve.


Members of ethnic group claim long beards and turbans have made them victims of violence

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- Kamaljit Atwal's neighborhood seems like an unlikely place for a hate crime. His street in this Sacramento suburb seems a model of diversity.


1970s America was drawn to her bold statements on sex and other social stigmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don't say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it.


Mood among onlookers was festive but a little wistful

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It was a tailgate party for the ages. They came packing tents and camp chairs, coolers and snacks, Sodoku books and laptops, parking cars and RVs in almost every available space along U.S. 1 to witness history blasting off in the haze across the Indian River.


Two 18-year-old white men accused of assaulting victim before running him down

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Two young white men were looking for a black man to assault in Mississippi's largest city when one of them ran over a 49-year-old African-American with a pickup truck after he had been assaulted, killing the man, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Legislation gives police wider power to arrest, adds requirements for schools and businesses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Civil rights groups sued Friday in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents have called the strictest measure of its kind in the nation.


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