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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…

Democrats scour records for provocative comments

By THOMAS BEAUMONT (DES MOINES, Iowa, AP) — As the nation’s midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders…

Ashcroft’s son enters politics for first time

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Another Ashcroft has entered politics in Missouri. John Ashcroft was a two-term governor, a senator and U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush. Now, his…

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

By JACK GILLUM (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents…

Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

By JULIE PACE (AUSTIN, Texas, AP) — Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of…