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  • White House names deputy social secretary to top job
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 2:44 pm
    A former hip-hop journalist who became a White House intern in her 30s was named on Thursday as the new White House social secretary.
  • Don't panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 2:32 pm
    The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn't as easy as it used to be.
  • Dempsey: US focusing airstrikes to protect Beiji refinery
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 2:12 pm
    Losing the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province to advancing Islamic State forces would be a tragic but not crippling blow to Iraq's counteroffensive, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.
  • Senate seeks deal on stalled human trafficking bill
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 1:44 pm
    Key lawmakers are working to resolve a dispute over abortion that has long held up Senate approval of legislation to crack down on human trafficking.
  • Deployment of US missile defense considered for South Korea
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 1:08 pm
    China should not be concerned if the U.S. deploys an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter the threat from a nuclear North Korea, a U.S. military commander said Thursday.
  • Clinton charity to allow 6 countries to donate, not others
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 1:01 pm
    In its decision to limit contributions from foreign governments to six nations and provide more frequent disclosures about donations, the Clinton Foundation alluded Thursday to the political dimensions of its new moves. The Clinton family's charity acknowledged on its website that it made the changes in light of Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to run for president, but the new guidelines may provide only limited protection from ethics concerns.
  • Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 12:46 pm
    Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.
  • White House: No vote of confidence for embattled drug chief
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 12:44 pm
    The White House declined to give a vote of confidence Thursday to the embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration amid allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes while stationed overseas.
  • US officials reviewing gyrocopter incident
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 11:41 am
    The U.S. military says the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the FAA and other law enforcement and intelligence organizations are reviewing sensor data and reviewing what happened when a gyrocopter landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
  • Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 11:36 am
    In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.
  • Obama says Cuba has agreed to address cases of US fugitives
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 11:36 am
    Cuba has agreed to work on resolving the cases of U.S. fugitives harboring from justice on the island as part of the effort to normalize relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama told lawmakers as he made the case for removing the former Cold War foe from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • Court skeptical of challenge to Obama's climate change plan
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 10:48 am
    Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change.
  • Current G-20 head urges more action on global economy
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 10:32 am
    The current head of the Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations says governments need to do more to jolt the global economy out of the rut it fell into after the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Schock campaign paid big for gifts, travel in last months
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 10:25 am
    A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned amid questions about his spending.
  • Obama tells wounded vets, soldiers they are not alone
    Associated Press | April 16, 2015 9:53 am
    President Barack Obama is assuring wounded soldiers and veterans they are not alone, telling them, "We've got your back."