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A US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help Liberia collapsed amid questionable business decisions and oversight....

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch....

Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East....

Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An appeals court is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court, a case that's unfolding amid a national debate about police use of force and the legal protections afforded to law enforcement....

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live....

Operator of errant drone works for intel agency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for a U.S. intelligence agency....

Palin receives plaudits from pro-Hillary Clinton group
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sarah Palin is picking up an unexpected title: top fundraiser for a group promoting a potential Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign for president....

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon....

NY Assembly speaker to vacate post amid criminal charges
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday....

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange....

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