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  • Obama hosts 12 Republican senators for dinner

    April 11, 2013 12:32 PM 168

    Over steaks and greens, President Obama spent 2½ hours Wednesday night with 12 Republican senators talking guns, immigration and deficit reduction. The dinner at the White House, which was organized by Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson at Obama's request, was Obama's second in as many months in his latest effort to reach across the aisle. The dinner came on the same day that Obama

  • Man Arrested On Lawn Mower Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving

    April 11, 2013 12:00 PM 146

    BLOOMFIELD TWP. (WWJ/AP) - A 47-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who was arrested for allegedly driving a riding lawn mower while intoxicated has issued a plea in the case. Roy Walton pleaded guilty Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court to operating while intoxicated – his third such offense. Judge Wendy Potts told Walton he can expect his sentence to include

  • Table Games Open At Md's Largest Casino

    April 11, 2013 10:42 AM 178

    HANOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Minutes after midnight, Maryland Live! casino in Hanover opened 122 live action table games to the public that set off a big celebration Wednesday night. Maryland Live! is the largest casino in the state. You could play a slot machine, but you couldn't roll the dice or ask the dealer for another card until Thursday. Five months

  • Zuckerberg immigration group puts big pieces in place

    April 11, 2013 9:02 AM 134

    SAN FRANCISCO — After weeks of anticipation and a shaky start, the new political advocacy group backed by Mark Zuckerberg will launch Thursday with a list of top Silicon Valley CEOs and a notable team of strategists. The group is called FWD.us, as in Forward U.S., and its initial push will be on the immigration front. Other than Zuckerberg, its 11 founders

  • Budget plan doles out more cash for cybersecurity

    April 11, 2013 8:55 AM 126

    Another round of increases to federal science and research spending complement a significant cash boost for cybersecurity programs in the 2014 budget released by the White House on Wednesday. The new funds for federal research and development — totaling $143 billion by the administration’s count — follow years of similar investments proposed in President

  • Homes leveled as storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas

    April 11, 2013 8:26 AM 164

    A tree fell on this home in Hazelwood, Mo., during heavy storms Wednesday. There were two reports of tornadoes in the town, according to Weather.com, and the governor declared a state of emergency. A state of emergency was declared in Missouri on Wednesday night after tornadoes and strong thunderstorms destroyed homes and businesses and downed power

  • What health care overhaul? Tracking costs of Obama’s health law in budget isn’t easy

    April 11, 2013 7:53 AM 122

    The ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams the IRS wants you to avoid It turns out that the costs of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare to its unyielding Republican foes— are sprinkled here and there through hundreds of pages of budget books. It’s partly due to the arcane ways of government budgeting. It may also be an effort to avoid giving foes more of a target

  • NKorea fury at US-SKorea war games goes back decades, but this year sees tougher US response

    April 11, 2013 7:41 AM 117

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – The names of U.S.-South Korean war games staged over the years don't sound all that threatening: Team Spirit, Ulchi Focus Lens, Key Resolve ... Foal Eagle. But whatever they're called, the annual show of force is guaranteed to get a rise out of Pyongyang. Two decades ago, Kim Il Sung, the late founder of the still-ruling

  • Reagan son urges NYC GOP to OK ex-Democratic official Carrion’s bid to run in mayoral primary

    April 11, 2013 7:33 AM 122

    “Then the Republicans are showing that they do have an outreach program, they are trying to be an inclusive party, instead of an exclusive party,” he said by phone Wednesday. Carrion, a former Bronx borough president who served as the first White House urban affairs director, now hopes to become the first Hispanic mayor of the nation’s biggest city. After

  • Oregon man arrested after allegedly harassing families of Aurora shooting victims

    April 11, 2013 4:49 AM 118

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Police say they have arrested a Portland man for harassing the families of victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., last July. Kevin Purfield is accused of emailing, calling and using social media to contact the victims' relatives. Investigators say the communications weren't threatening, but were annoying and included "vile language