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  • White House news group honors black reporter it once barred WASHINGTON — Harry S. McAlpin made history in February 1944 when he became the first black reporter to cover a presidential news conference at the White House. Time magazine and The New York Times noted the milestone. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt,

    April 14, 2014

  • Worn down by health problems, woman discovers art of living MILWAUKEE — For the second time in her life, Tessa Koller sat in a hospital examination room listening to a doctor deliver bad news. A defect in her coronary artery required surgery. She was 25. Tessa heard the doctor say something about “sudden dea

    April 14, 2014

  • Illinois Lottery app stirs up controversy SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of the finger on his smartphone. “It’s really easy to buy lottery tickets on t

    April 14, 2014

  • Homeowner Fatal Shootings [Duplicate] Minn. man who shot, killed teens heads to trial Case stirred debate about just how far a person can go to protect one's home from a potential threat.

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.

    April 13, 2014

  • Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo The Camp 7 prison unit is so shrouded in secrecy that its location on the U.S. base in Cuba is classified and officials refuse to discuss it. Now, two separate but related events are forcing it into the limelight.

    April 13, 2014

  • Obama, Republicans compete for support among women After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.

    April 13, 2014

  • Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.

    April 13, 2014

  • Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

    April 13, 2014

  • Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

    April 13, 2014