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First lady: Healthy food has place in lunchrooms

Michelle Obama said Friday that 54 junior cooks who won a contest to make healthier yet tasty meals show the nation's schools can also turn out nutritious food that kids will actually eat.

US urges release of Cambodian opposition officials

The United States is calling for the release of Cambodian opposition officials held after a clash with security forces who prevented their followers from rallying in a public park.

Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.

In Ga. Sen., voters weigh experience vs. outsider

Former CEO David Perdue has hammered Rep. Jack Kingston as a business-as-usual politician the race for Georgia's open Senate seat, offering himself as an outsider with the business sense needed to end the frequent stalemates in Washington.

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

Senate Democrats' campaign arm has again outraised its Republican rival.

Obama encourages Israel to minimize civilian death

President Barack Obama said Friday that he encouraged Israel's leader to minimize civilian deaths in its ground push into Hamas-ruled Gaza, while letting him know that the U.S. supports Israel's right to self-defense.

Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Russia faults Ukraine for letting flight through

Russia's ambassador to the U.N. has questioned why Ukrainian aviation authorities allowed a passenger flight through an area of armed clashes where anti-aircraft systems were working.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.3 percent in June

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate in the second half of this year.

Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility.

AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.

APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identity condition. The military will instead begin the initial treatment for her.

Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.

US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

The Obama administration accused Israel on Thursday of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks.

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