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Air travel a leap of faith for passengers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel....

Central American leaders convening at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border....

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year....

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will....

Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections....

What Obama said then and now on super PACs
As President Barack Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of unlimited funding system that he long has railed against....

Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes....

White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine....

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written....

Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine "may stiffen the spine of our European partners" as they consider additional sanctions against Russia....

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