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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag....

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian....

Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp....

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the Internet....

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America....

US clears Egypt for some military assistance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance....

Miami youth group helped 'Cuban Twitter'
MIAMI (AP) -- Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned....

Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."...

Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday....

Obama congratulates US winner of Boston Marathon
OSO, Wash. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon....

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