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Senate okays Julian Castro as housing secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro today to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who’s considered a vice presidential contender in 2016.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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White House outlines 2014 drug control policy
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Closely mirroring its past positions, the Obama administration’s 2014 drug policy will focus tightly on curbing heroin use and prescription painkillers abuse while continuing to oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Harry Potter is back in a new J.K. Rowling story online
LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter is back — mysterious, married, and going gray.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wait time for new Harry Potter ride: 450 minutes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lines to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort were more than seven hours long Tuesday — enough time to watch a couple of Harry Potter movies or for a fast reader to get through a Harry Potter book.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stevie Nicks joining 'The Voice' as an adviser
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Nicks is joining “The Voice” as an adviser to Adam Levine’s team for the upcoming season.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

'50's crash site marked as national landmark
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In the mid-1950s, air travel was a shadow of the highly advanced operation of checks and rules seen today. The skies were largely uncontrolled, and pilots outside major U.S. cities relied on sight to avoid catastrophes.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What you study may matter more than alma mater
WASHINGTON (AP) — What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Holder: Threat from Syria endangers Europe, US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder called on European nations Tuesday to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by the thousands of Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Obama seeks $3.7B to deal with border kids
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Washington poised to start legal marijuana sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Lines were growing in the pre-dawn hours Monday outside shops set to become the first in Washington state to sell recreational marijuana legally.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Child migrant crisis has legal, political hurdles
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Obama administration official says no one, not even children trying to escape violent countries, can illegally enter the United States without eventually facing deportation proceedings.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Strong quake hits Mexico, Guatemala; 4 dead
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least four people and damaging dozens of homes.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Fossils unearthed at California construction site
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Lifeguard drowns during rescue off S. California
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A lifeguard drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer off a Southern California beach, authorities said.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Questions and answers about Washington's pot sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot.
Monday, July 7, 2014

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