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  • Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 5:00 pm
    Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 4:32 pm
    A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.
  • Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 4:28 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.
  • 2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 4:17 pm
    Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.
  • White House to host tribal youth gathering in July
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 3:40 pm
    The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington.
  • Pentagon cites de-escalation of tensions over Iranian ships
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 3:28 pm
    The prospect of a U.S.-Iranian confrontation over the potential delivery of Iranian weapons to rebels in Yemen has receded, Pentagon officials said Friday.
  • No trade breakthrough expected with Japan during Abe visit
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 2:40 pm
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized commerce between the U.S. and Japan.
  • Judge rejects GPS monitor for Reagan shooter
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 2:16 pm
    The man who shot President Ronald Reagan won't have to wear an ankle monitor if allowed to leave a mental hospital for good.
  • After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 1:29 pm
    The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism -- and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.
  • Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 10:40 am
    As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race -- issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.
  • White House seeks to smooth information for hostage families
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 10:12 am
    The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status.
  • Presidential contender Marco Rubio seeks support in Iowa
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 9:56 am
    He's offering himself as a new generation of leader, but Sen. Marco Rubio is still respecting an old presidential campaign tradition: courting caucus goers in the kickoff state of Iowa.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife leaves Wall Street job
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 9:56 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife has left her lucrative job at a Wall Street firm as her husband prepares for a potential run for the White House.
  • Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 9:03 am
    U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday.
  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of libel suit by Abbas' son
    Associated Press | April 24, 2015 9:01 am
    A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out a $10 million libel suit by the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.