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Washington state pitches more help for Boeing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Even after giving Boeing Co. one of the largest packages of tax breaks in U.S. history, state leaders in Washington told the aerospace giant in a proposal released Wednesday that they are ready to do even more.

Both sides pledge new effort on jobless bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.

Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids gleefully snapped up virtual pet food, gems or other items while absorbed by games on their mobile devices. Parents felt the sting of sometimes hefty charges from Apple Inc. incurred by accident or without their permission.

Air Force: 34 missile officers in cheating scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says 34 missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and three others have been implicated in a drug probe, the latest missteps by those who maintain and operate the nation's 450 nuclear missiles.

Gov't charges Wal-Mart with labor violations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have filed a formal complaint charging that Wal-Mart violated the rights of protesting and striking workers last year.

Obama unveils manufacturing hub on North Carolina trip

By Mark Felsenthal RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new public-private manufacturing hub in North Carolina during his visit to the state, seeking to bolster an industry that he considers essential to raising middle class incomes. Eager to press economic themes in an election year after struggling with the rollout of his healthcare plan, Obama has said he would like to create a network of 45 of such hubs around the country, but that would require money from Congress, which has not been as enthusiastic about the idea. I want it to be right here in the United States of America," Obama said on the North Carolina State University campus following a tour of Vacon, which manufactures components used in electronic engines. "Manufacturing is a bright spot in this economy." Although manufacturing output has recovered well from the recession, job growth in the sector has not tracked the gains, said Peter Ward, professor of operations management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

Blagojevich prosecutor to lead NJ scandal inquiry

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

Air Force drug probe widened to include cheating

WASHINGTON (AP) — A drug investigation of officers at six Air Force bases, including two that operate nuclear missiles, has been widened to include allegations of cheating on certification tests, defense officials said Wednesday.

Tax breaks just the start of Wash. pitch to Boeing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Even after ushering through $9 billion in tax breaks for Boeing Co., state leaders in Washington told the company they were ready to do more to help the aerospace giant.

Obama announces manufacturing institute in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making good on a promise from last year's State of the Union to help create good-paying American jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new public-private manufacturing hub in North Carolina to develop next-generation power electronics.

Marines probing validity of online Iraq war photos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Marine Corps says it is attempting to determine the authenticity of photos published by TMZ.com that the entertainment website says show Marines appearing to burn bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004.

Obama announces 1st manufacturing institute in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama is on a fresh push to reinvigorate the economy, following through on a year-old promise to set up hubs around the country as magnets for high-tech manufacturing.

U.S. judge rejects challenge to Obamacare insurance subsidies

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a conservative challenge to health insurance subsidies available to people in the 34 U.S. states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The suit, brought by individuals and businesses from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, asserted that the wording of the 2010 law allowed subsidies to help people obtain insurance only in exchanges established by states, not those set up by the federal government. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman wrote that Congress clearly intended to make the subsidies available nationwide under the new law. Michael Carvin, a lawyer for those who brought the suit, filed a notice that he would appeal the ruling within an hour after it was posted online.

Senate approves three-day government funding extension

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a three-day funding extension that will stave off a government shutdown at midnight on Wednesday and buy extra time to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2014. The 86-14 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sends the stop-gap measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. It comes as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives began consideration of the full-year, "omnibus" spending bill, which will fund government agencies and programs through September 30. It fleshes out a budget deal passed in December following a 16-day government shutdown in October over government funding disputes in Congress.

The Gay Conservative Quitting GOP

Jimmy LaSalvia formed GOProud because the Log Cabin Republicans were too liberal for him, but now he’s quitting the Republican Party altogether because he says it tolerates bigotry.

Senate panel says attack on U.S. post in Benghazi was preventable

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the deadly September 11, 2012, attack by militants on U.S. government posts in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable and faulted the State Department for inadequate security precautions. In the months before the attacks on an American diplomatic post and CIA compound in Libya's second-largest city, U.S. intelligence agencies had issued numerous reports warning that security in eastern Libya was deteriorating and that U.S. personnel and posts in Benghazi were at risk, according to a declassified report issued by the committee. But the committee said the State Department "failed to increase security enough to address the threat," even though the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi had suffered two earlier, but less damaging, attacks during the previous six months. Four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed when militants attacked the lightly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a better-fortified CIA base nearby on the night of September 11.

New rules tighten rights, atrocity criteria in U.S. weapons shipments

New guidelines for providing U.S. conventional weapons to other countries make rules on human rights more explicit and prohibit policymakers from approving weapons shipments they anticipate will be used to commit atrocities, U.S. officials said. The guidelines, released on Wednesday and updated for the first time since the mid-1990s, is the product of a presidential directive signed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday that governs U.S. weapons sales and shipments to allied countries. "This is an area that has been a challenge for U.S. foreign policy for some time, but it really has been crystallized in the last couple of years with the events in the Middle East," Tom Kelly, the State Department's acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs, said in an interview. "We wanted to make sure that it's very clear that human rights considerations really are at the core of our arms transfer decisions," he said.

Chronic care overhaul proposed for Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing a new approach to health care aimed at avoiding hospitalizations for older people, when possible.