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Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Obama praises business deals, touts U.S. enterprise

President Barack Obama watched over the signing of three business deals in Malaysia on Monday, using the opportunity to promote U.S. commercial expertise during a four-country swing through Asia. The president has sought during stops in Japan, Korea and Malaysia to bolster the U.S. security commitment to Asia, where a rising China has made many U.S. allies nervous. A hoped for trade pact failed to come to fruition despite round-the-clock negotiations in Japan. Officials said they had made progress that would bring Japan into the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which commits countries to lower import tariffs and to dropping other impediments to imports.

Kerry Warns of Israeli ‘Apartheid’

The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison.

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Affirmative action and Clippers owner Donald Sterling dominated this week's Sunday talk shows, bringing questions of race and inequality to the forefront. PunditFact rates their claims.

Serbia's new government to overhaul economy

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's new prime minister on Sunday promised a total overhaul of the economy in the Balkan country that went through a decade of war and international isolation in the 1990s, but is now seeking EU membership.

US vice president calls leaders of Hungary, Czech Republic

Vice President Joe Biden called the leaders of Hungary and the Czech Republic to reassure them of US support for NATO's collective defense agreement, the White House said late Saturday. Biden also spoke about the Ukranian crisis with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, the White House said in statements.

Obama denounces 'ignorant' alleged racism by NBA owner

US President Barack Obama interrupted his diplomatic initiative in Asia Sunday to condemn "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive" racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. Obama took aim at the reported comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling and said he was confident the National Basketball Association would address the controversy. They kind of speak for themselves," said Obama. Obama said the NBA was beloved by fans across the United States, had many African American players and was steeped in the community's culture.

US, Philippines reach deal on military accord

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. military will have greater access to bases across the Philippines under a new 10-year agreement set to be signed Monday in conjunction with President Barack Obama's visit and seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

White House: New sanctions will hit Putin's circle

WASHINGTON (AP) — New penalties expected this week against Moscow for its actions against Ukraine will include high technology exports to the Russian defense industry and the companies controlled by those closest to President Vladimir Putin, a White House aide said Sunday.

Pennsylvania awaits ruling on Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has softened his rhetoric while he awaits a federal decision on his request to link a work requirement to benefits under the Medicaid expansion. It's an issue that has flared up in his hotly contested re-election campaign.

Senate GOP 'civil wars' lagging in NC, elsewhere

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — The feisty personalities and anti-establishment fervor that fed tea party challenges in recent Republican U.S. Senate primaries are largely missing this year, a troubling sign for Democrats who want the GOP to nominate candidates with limited appeal.

Reporter's Notebook: What Globetrotting With Obama Is Really Like

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Suffocating heat, 60 pounds of gear and an all-out 300-yard sprint in a suit. It’s just another day at the office for television producers, camera crews and journalists traveling inside the security bubble with the American president on his week-long trip...

The Saints Come Marching In

Onscene in Rome as Pope Francis officially declares that his predecessors Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are saints. Pope Benedict XVI looks on.

APNewsBreak: US, Philippines reach deal on troops

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger U.S. military presence in this Southeast Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said Sunday.

For Washington, Palestinian pact not the end of Middle East peace hopes

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The unity pact between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the militant group Hamas dealt a sharp punch to U.S.-driven peace negotiations with Israel, but the Americans insisted it was not a fatal blow to the struggling talks. Washington was stunned by the deal announced on Wednesday between Fatah, the faction that leads the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and is viewed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately suspended participation in the peace process brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

President Obama Backs Malaysian Handling of MH370 Search

KUALA LUMPUR – President Obama today endorsed the Malaysian government’s handling of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, giving an important boost to Prime Minister Najib Razak amid swirling public criticism and private grumblings among some U.S. officials that his administration has bungled the...

Philippines to sign defence pact with United States

Manila (AFP) - The Philippines said it would sign an agreement on Monday with the United States to allow a greater US military presence on its territory, amid a bitter territorial dispute with China.

How to Win at Crowdfunding

Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Campaign on Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube? Here are six tips to get your film funded.

The CrossFit-ification of Christianity

Plenty has been written about the cult of CrossFit—the widely popular, DIY workout craze. But maybe CrossFit isn’t a cult at all. Maybe it’s a new religion.