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Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:17pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises. (...)
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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:13pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder. (...)
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Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:59pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel documents in the lurch. (...)
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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. (...)
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Obama supports Hawaii's governor in radio ad

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:30pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election. (...)
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Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:16pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections. (...)
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Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:13pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for. (...)
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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:07pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. (...)
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GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in. (...)
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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:51am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana says he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used unattributed work of scholars in his master's thesis. (...)
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Montana senator says he was being treated for PTSD when he used unattributed work in thesis

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:48am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana senator says he was being treated for PTSD when he used unattributed work in thesis. (...)
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Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:41am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems. (...)
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House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress' annual August recess looming. (...)
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Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:27am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. (...)
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Groups ask to move Florida election, draw new map

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:18am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is being asked to move this year's election dates — including postponing next month's primary — in order to draw up new congressional districts for the state. (...)
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Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:10am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems. (...)
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US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:52am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the former Soviet republic. (...)
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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:51am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. (...)
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Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:45am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. (...)
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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:41am
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration. (...)
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