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Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence....

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday....

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices called on Congress to change the law to benefit victims....

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....

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....

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....

Union protests postal counters in Staples stores
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees....

Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to overturn the death sentence of a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky....

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....

First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents....

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