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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet....

Analysis: Clinton drama hangs over GOP lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily....

5 things to know about coal trade, global warming
As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue:...

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border....

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises....

After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays....

List of proposed new VA medical facilities
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EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course....

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs....

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
WASHINGTON (AP) -- University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research....

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