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Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lester Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he's made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress next week, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles the U.S. military veteran about Japan's attitude toward its past....

Japan's war history will shadow PM's US visit next week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution....

Health officials say ice cream is safe despite some recalls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat - even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections....

Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families....

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history....

Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home....

Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) -- A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes....

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
HONOLULU (AP) -- A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor....

Social media a key battleground in Britain's election
LONDON (AP) -- Once, election campaigning meant knocking on doors, organizing meetings and licking stamps. Now it also includes honing hashtags, rallying retweets and clicking "like."...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife leaves Wall Street job
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife has left her lucrative job at a Wall Street firm as her husband prepares for a potential run for the White House....

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