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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release -- and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against a former Blackwater security guard whose actions allegedly triggered the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian -- if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

Batteries in baby video monitors recalled

Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.

First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.

Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to overturn the death sentence of a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.

Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

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