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Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday.

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges in 2014

No longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.

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Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment.

Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

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Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge.

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill

With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.

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141 killed in Taliban attack

Most of dead are Pakistani children slaughtered at school

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege.

#IllRideWithYou — Aussies offer support to Muslims

Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit.

Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger

Horror over a deadly siege morphed into anger Tuesday as leaders of a grieving nation demanded to know how a man with a violent criminal history slipped through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage.

Tainted feed blamed for 4 horse deaths at Florida stable

Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses.

Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

As it looks to expand its territorial base across broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group is recruiting for more than just fighters.

Immigration end game: No deal, just divisions

A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP.

Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy

Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.

Early rally fizzles, leaving US indexes lower

Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday.

Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPad prices

A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn’t compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

Hotter days in US means less cold cash

Hotter days mean less cold cash for Americans, according to a new study matching 40 years of temperatures to economics.

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

The Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.

Artists take credit for hanging black effigies

Artists claimed responsibility for hanging three cardboard images of black lynching victims at a Northern California university, leading campus authorities to say Monday they no longer view the life-size effigies as a hate crime.

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Obama declares 'turning point' for US military

Marking what he called a “turning point” for the U.S. military, President Barack Obama on Monday saluted troops returning from Afghanistan and declared the United States is moving past the time for large deployments aimed at nation building.