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Large waves also hit the U.S. western coast, shaking loose boats that weren't moved in time and tearing apart wooden docks in at least two California harbors

HONOLULU (AP) -- Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and severely damaged harbors in California after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.


Doctors provided the new details about Giffords' condition Friday

HOUSTON (AP) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been told that she was shot. Her ability to walk and talk is improving. And doctors say there's a good chance she'll be able to attend her husband's space shuttle launch next month.


Show creator David Simon says drug war is targets 'other America,' is 'amoral'

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson of HBO's "The Wire" was one of 63 people arrested in Baltimore early Friday morning as part of a large-scale drug sweep. If this seems like one of the many "major operations" that took place on the critically acclaimed series "The Wire" that portrayed the drug trade in inner-city Baltimore, you're right


Prevention measures, treatment improvements help more live after diagnosis

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of cancer survivors in the United States is increasing by hundreds of thousands a year, and now includes roughly one in 20 adults, health officials said Thursday.


The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.


Rep. Peter King leads controversial hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A congressional panel investigating homegrown terrorism in America displayed sharp divisions Thursday over how to frame the discussion, reflecting a country still struggling with how best to combat terrorism nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks.


Once the measure passes the Assembly, it heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his signature

Dozens of protesters camped outside the Wisconsin state Assembly chamber on Thursday in anticipation of a final vote on explosive anti-union rights legislation that whisked through the Senate after Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and brought a three-week stalemate to its unexpected end.


The latest federal appeals court case deals with consitutionality of law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is asking a federal appeals court in Atlanta to act swiftly on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's health care overhaul.


The shuttle missions are now relegated to museum showcases

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Discovery is back on Earth from its final voyage.


Dems say Gov. Walker is misrepresenting truth; He says they're blocking progress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats who fled the state nearly three weeks ago asked Monday for a meeting with Gov. Scott Walker to talk about changes to his plan to eliminate most public workers' union rights, a request the governor dismissed as "ridiculous."


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