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Dodgeball: The Cure for Obesity

One bill will restore PE and health classes in America’s schools. It’s a smart, bipartisan way to invest in improving the nation’s long-term health.


Tea Party’s Mississippi Mudslide

Two former co-workers are raising questions about the ethics and character of the Tea Party’s most promising Senate primary challenger.

Joffrey's Killer Revealed

The fourth episode of the HBO series’ fourth season featured lots of piece-moving and plotting, setting the stage for several big showdowns. [Warning: Spoilers!]


Jamie Foxx’s Electrifying Turn

The Oscar winner on playing the supervillain Electro in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and why Donald Sterling's racism isn't all that surprising.


In the Backseat With Janelle Monae

The singer discussed her inspirations and excellent third album, ‘The Electric Lady,’ during Moogfest in North Carolina.


Obama in Philippines, last leg on Asian tour

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama said a 10-year agreement signed Monday to give the U.S military greater access to Philippine bases will help promote regional security, improve armed forces training and shorten response times to humanitarian crises, including natural disasters.


Report: Appeals court judges violated ethics laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen federal appeals court judges have violated federal conflict-of-interest laws over the past three years, throwing into doubt decisions in 26 cases, according to an analysis from a watchdog group.

At a glance: high school graduation rates

A look at the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, by percentage, in 2012 for overall and low-income public high school students by state. Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma are excluded from the chart because the states obtained waivers from the federal government to take longer to develop their systems.


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.


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