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Obama unveils high-speed Internet help for low-income homes

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE (DURANT, Okla., AP) — Calling the Internet a 21st century necessity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a program to bring faster Internet connections to more low-income…

In Iran deal, Obama sees validation for diplomatic gamble

By JULIE PACE (WASHINGTON, AP) — To President Barack Obama, the historic nuclear accord with Iran is a validation of an arduous, politically fraught diplomatic gamble, one he foreshadowed before…

Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world

By MARCIA DUNN (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., AP) — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in…

Steamboat could return to rivers if OK’d by Congress

(CINCINNATI, AP) — The historic Delta Queen steamboat could once again carry passengers on overnight river trips if Congress approves legislation recently introduced by Ohio’s two U.S. senators and a…

First chapter of new Harper Lee novel is previewed

By HILLEL ITALIE (NEW YORK, AP) — We know this much so far about Harper Lee’s new book: Atticus Finch is 72 and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis; Scout is a…

House to vote on Confederate flag ban on federal cemeteries

By ANDREW TAYLOR (WASHINGTON, AP) — The House is about to put its members on record on whether Confederate flags can briefly decorate rebel graves in historic federal cemeteries and…

Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law

By ANNE FLAHERTY (WASHINGTON, AP) — A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to…

Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Kansas and Missouri

By MARGARET STAFFORD (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Amtrak routes across Kansas and Missouri could keep running under a tentative agreement reached in a dispute over federally required safety systems,…

Owner of ‘Tetris’ rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid

By CALEB JONES (HONOLULU, AP) — High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island’s wealthiest residents live, there is an…

Flooding causes July Fourth headaches at Missouri parks

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Flooded areas in nearly a dozen rain-soaked Missouri parks are closed to visitors for the July Fourth weekend, and the U.S. Army…