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Pentagon chief criticizes Beijing’s South China Sea moves

SINGAPORE (AP) — China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won’t expand its sovereignty, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told an international security conference Saturday, stepping up … Continue reading

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EPA says first day of oil spill spent ‘planning’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara. Seven hours after the … Continue reading

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Pentagon eyes three-year block buy of F-35s from fiscal 2018

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said Friday it would talk to U.S. lawmakers about approving a three-year block buy of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets beginning in fiscal 2018 that would include U.S. purchases and international … Continue reading

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U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

By Daniel Trotta and Arshad Mohammed HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited effect on … Continue reading

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Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking U.S. surveillance reforms

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the … Continue reading

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Ex-U.S. lawmaker Hastert aimed to hide sexual misconduct with male: L.A. Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indicted former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a male former Illinois high school student to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach there, the … Continue reading

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Kentucky’s GOP primary for governor could head to recount

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Matt Bevin claimed the Republican nomination for governor with the help of a clunky fax machine in a crowded corner office of the state Capitol. But his opponent, James Comer, quickly moved to block him with … Continue reading

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Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in … Continue reading

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US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island

SINGAPORE (AP) — Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation … Continue reading

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Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment … Continue reading

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