More Than 2 Dozen Arrested In France, Belgium Anti-Terror Raids

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Police stand guard around the central police headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.
9:40AM
January
16, 2015

In Belgium, police say they disrupted a major attack when they arrested 13 suspects and seized guns, munitions and explosives.

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

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President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will work with Cuba to normalize diplomatic ties.
1:04PM
December
17, 2014

The U.S. and Cuba will start talks on normalizing relations and discuss opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Also today, Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds.

GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

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Supporters of Republican Sen.-elect Tom Cotton celebrate his win in Arkansas over incumbent Mark Pryor. The GOP picked up seven seats Tuesday, gaining control of the Senate.
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November
5, 2014

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday’s midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.

Closely Held Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

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Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
11:13AM
June
30, 2014

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

Obama: U.S. Forces Won’t Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis

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President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House.
President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq — but that U.S. forces won't engage in combat with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
2:14PM
June
19, 2014

President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with a Sunni extremist group, but Americans won’t be taking up combat roles.

U.S. Unemployment Drops To 6.3 Percent, Lowest In 5 Years

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The federal jobs report released Friday morning says the U.S. gained 288,000 jobs in February.
9:00AM
May 2, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in April. In a separate survey, the unemployment rate dipped by 0.4 percent.

Analysis Shows Flight 370 ‘Ended’ In Indian Ocean, Malaysia Says

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A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion took off Monday from a military base north of Perth. P-3s flying out of the western Australian base have led Indian Ocean search efforts.
A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion took off Monday from a military base north of Perth. P-3s flying out of the western Australian base have led Indian Ocean search efforts.
2:06PM
March
24, 2014

Prime Minister Najib Razak says new analysis by satellite company Inmarsat shows that the plane took a southerly route toward an area off western Australia “far from any landing sites.”

Obama: Let’s Stop The Excuses And End The Shutdown

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President Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt limit on Tuesday at the White House in Washington.
2:22PM
October
8, 2013

Obama is expected to take questions about a monumental Washington standoff, which has already caused a partial government shutdown and has now transitioned into a fight over raising the debt ceiling.

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

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Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case.
10:47AM
June
26, 2013

The federal law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, which the court decided violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.