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Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate grills Obama’s attorney general pick

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. “If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” the nominee told her Senate confirmation hearing …

Civil rights convictions tossed in SC, 54 years on

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. “In my …

Elusive treasure hunter captured at Fla. hotel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam. …

Navy relieves Gitmo base commander

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MIAMI — The commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay has been removed from the remote outpost and reassigned to headquarters, the Navy announced Wednesday, but it declined to elaborate because of an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Services probe. The brief statement said Navy Capt. John …

Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on four new felony charges. The forgery and perjury indictment of Del. Joseph D. Morrissey …

Senators grapple with student testing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal mandate to test U.S. school kids annually was at the center of a Senate panel’s work on Wednesday to fix the long outdated No Child Left Behind education law. The President George W. Bush-era …

House GOP abruptly backs off abortion bill

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision …

Russia, Ukraine agree to pull back heavy arms

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BERLIN — Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after separatist forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint in …

In State of Union, Obama seeks to hike taxes on capital gains, big banks, renews veto pledge

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help …

Islamists take hostages; Japan weighs ransom

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CAIRO — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. …

Yemen on verge of coup

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels shelled the residence of Yemen’s leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace Tuesday in what a top army commander said was an unfolding coup. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — an important …

Overpass collapse kills 1, forces lengthy I-75 closure

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

US settles over DEA’s fake Facebook page

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised …