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Kerry: US will support Iraq, but without troops

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that America would support Iraq as it combats al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized cities in the country's west, but said the U.S. wouldn't send troops, calling the battle "their fight."

Kerry heads to Jordan and Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots.

Iraqi Sheiks Prepare to Strike Back

The tribal sheiks who aligned with the U.S. military and defeated al Qaeda have been abandoned by their allies as terrorists retake the country. Now they’re getting ready to fight back.

Local labor influence takes hit in Boeing contract

SEATTLE (AP) — Under pressure from regional leaders, machinists in Washington state took a late-night vote that defied their local union bosses by narrowly approving a new labor contract that secures a coveted plane project for the Seattle area but moves workers away from pensions.

Early days of Obamacare bring trickle, not flood, of patients

By Sharon Begley and Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. medical providers are seeing only a trickle of patients newly insured under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, as insurers, hospitals and doctors try to work out any hitches in coverage. More than 2 million people have signed up for new private health plans that took effect on Wednesday under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Already on Friday, Senate Republicans opposed to the law seized on scattered media reports of a handful of people having difficulty confirming their new insurance policies, feeding into a narrative of Obamacare's harms that is expected to intensify ahead of Congressional elections in November. Central Ohio Primary Care, a 250-physician practice, is holding off on filing claims for patients who say they bought plans through the HealthCare.gov exchange, said Chief Executive Officer Dr. William Wulf.

Kerry says making progress towards Israeli-Palestinian framework deal

Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday. Kerry spoke after about three hours of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the West Bank. Kerry is on his tenth trip to the region in the past year as he seeks to secure a peace deal. He was to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem later on Saturday.

Ascendant Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown faces challenges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is sprinting into the final year of his third term as governor with a series of policy successes and powerful financial backers boosting his all-but-certain run for another term.

Kerry shuttles from Palestinian to Israeli leaders

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting for the second time in two days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') in the West Bank.

Some schools want to stop serving as voting sites

GLEN RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Some schools want to end their traditional role as polling places because of security concerns since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, leaving their communities without easy alternatives for voting sites.

Outside money can be key factor in 2014 elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Terry McAuliffe's successful campaign for governor in Virginia might provide a playbook for fellow Democrats in 2014 — and a warning for Republicans.

Obama eyes modest momentum on Capitol Hill in 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama returns to Washington this weekend eager to test whether a modest budget deal passed in the waning days of 2013 can spark bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. As he opens his sixth year in office, he also faces legacy-defining decisions on the future of government surveillance programs and the American-led war in Afghanistan.

Kerry continues Mideast shuttle diplomacy

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting for the second time in two days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS'), trying to nudge him and the Israeli leader closer to a peace pact that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Push for sentencing reform underway in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country's mandatory sentencing laws amid growing concerns about both the fairness of the sentences and the expense of running federal prisons.

Disunited and Without States

Americans no longer take states seriously as political units. And that means federalism is probably doomed.

Don't Believe the Hype on Big Data

A new book heralds the promise that big data will reveal more and more about how we live our lives and what we think, but is it really that useful?