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Correspondents dinner promises a night of humor

WASHINGTON (AP) — On at least one night a year President Barack Obama and the journalists who cover him try to find something nice — and something funny — to say about each other.

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar of Minnesota dies at age 79

(Reuters) - Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and rose to a key position for transportation and infrastructure, died on Saturday at age 79, his family said. Oberstar, a Democrat, was defeated in his 2010 bid for re-election, ending the longest tenure in Minnesota history for a member of Congress. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Jim Oberstar has passed way," the family said.

Senator urges Hillary Clinton to seek presidency

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, even though the former secretary of state has not announced whether she will seek the White House in 2016. Kaine, who backed Barack Obama when he beat Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, announced his support on Twitter and at breakfast meeting of the South Carolina Women's Democratic Council in Columbia, South Carolina. "Today I encouraged Hillary Clinton to run for president & pledged my support for her candidacy if she does," Kaine said in a tweet that linked to his remarks on www.readyforhillary.com, website of one of the most prominent pro-Clinton organizations.

Arkansas AG supports gay marriage, will defend ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Saturday he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriages in court.

Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years and brought millions of dollars to the state as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. He was 79.

Obama prepares for annual correspondents' dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was set to join journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner for an evening of humor and celebrity gazing that has become an annual tradition in the nation's capital.

Condoleezza Rice backs out of Rutgers commencement

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War.

Condoleezza Rice pulls out of Rutgers speech after protests

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of delivering the commencement speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Saturday, following a months-long protest by students and faculty over her role in the Iraq war. Rice was the face of foreign policy under President George W. Bush, a Republican, serving as national security advisor from 2001 to 2005, and later as secretary of state. She was a leading hawk in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. In her statement, Rice said her role in the festivities had become a "distraction".

Lavrov presses Kerry to help stop Ukraine assault: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday asked his US counterpart John Kerry to press Ukraine to halt its military operation in the east of the ex-Soviet country, his ministry said. "The minister called on the United States to use all of its influence to force the Kiev regime, which it looks out after and which has declared a war against its own people, to immediately halt military operations in the southeast, pull back its troops and free protesters," the foreign ministry said. And Lavrov, who also spoke with his Swiss counterpart and current OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter, pushed for a greater OSCE role in mediating the crisis in Ukraine, the ministry said.

Pro-Russia Activists Die in Odessa

The mounting toll of pro-Russian activists killed in Odessa and the offensive by Ukrainian troops in the east pushes the country closer to open warfare.

Kerry urges steps to ensure democracy in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — America's top diplomat said Saturday the U.S. is ready to help increase its ties with Africa, but nations across the continent need to take stronger steps to ensure security and democracy for its people.

White House reporters to honor black journalist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential press conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.

Va. senator says he'll back Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, an early supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, says he is backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president if the former secretary of state seeks the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Still Bringing the Boys to the Yard

The 34-year-old musician-cum-Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef sat down in New York to discuss her eclectic new album, culinary taste, and much more.

North Korea: ‘The U.S. Is a Living Hell’

Never mind the obvious hypocrisy from the ruthless regime. On some points, Kim Jong-un’s state-owned media is unnervingly accurate about America’s problems.

The Week in Viral Videos

From hamsters eating tiny burritos to Emma Stone battling Jimmy Fallon in a lip sync duel, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

The Plus-Size XXX Invasion

For the first time in more than 40 years, there’s a plus-size model on the cover of ‘Penthouse Forum.’ It’s about damn time the BBW genre got some attention.