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Two teens shot dead, two different Obama reactions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two unarmed black teenagers shot dead. Two very different reactions from President Barack Obama....

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday....

A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A St. Louis County grand jury declined Monday to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision resolves one aspect of the case, but additional investigations remain and the community for months has been bracing for demonstrations in anticipation of the grand jury's decision....

Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law....

Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder says he's "disappointed" by the violence that followed the Ferguson grand jury decision....

Tough to make a case against police in shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case....

Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge says the Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election....

Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising....

Ed Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates....

Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more....

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