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Suspected Nazi guard’s death a blow to prosecutors

(PHILADELPHIA, AP) — German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs…

Outcry saves rare redwood from chopping block

(COTATI, Calif., AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks. The…

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state…

First Amendment fight won’t stop Arizona execution

(FLORENCE, Ariz., AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment…

2 farm laws facing federal court challenges

By DAVID PITT (DES MOINES, Iowa, AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from…

Biden: US won’t rest until VA problems fixed

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told veterans gathered in St. Louis on Monday that the Obama administration won’t rest until major problems at the Veterans Affairs Department…

American Jews, other ‘lone soldiers’ serve Israel

By JULIE WATSON (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have…

AP NewsBreak: Obama opens East Coast to oil search

By JASON DEAREN (ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla., AP) — The Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore. The…

States told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

By JUDY LIN (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled…

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

(SAN DIEGO, AP) — A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in…