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Sarah Palin Kills Her Own Dinner in New Reality Show

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin served up some down-home Alaska charm — and a platter of moose hot dogs and bear-meat chili — on her new reality TV show, “Amazing America.” Hosting a television show is nothing new for the former governor, who began...

White House defends 'tireless' Kerry's Mideast push

The White House Friday defended "tireless" Secretary of State John Kerry, saying his long-odds Middle East peace bid had not been a waste of time because the stakes were so high. The administration rode to Kerry's defense amid rising criticism of his decision to devote so much time to the peace effort, which appears on the verge of collapse. "What Secretary Kerry has done is work tirelessly," said Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, noting the top US diplomat's frequent travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Asked whether Kerry's time had been wasted, or if it could have been better spent on many of the other boiling global crises, Earnest said the goal of Middle East peace was so important that he had been right to try.

Remembering My Sisters in Danger

Two AP journalists, victims of a violent attack on Friday, took risks in Afghanistan that almost no one else covering the war was willing to take.

Kerry hails Morocco reforms, regional security efforts

Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday pledged US support for Moroccan reforms and efforts to promote regional stability, while also highlighting the social challenges faced by Rabat. "Morocco is playing an important leadership role, and the United States will stand by this relationship every step of the way," he said at the end of a North African tour. "The 18 different agreements that Morocco signed with Mali show that Morocco is driving greater security and greater prosperity in the region," he added, speaking in Rabat alongside his Moroccan counterpart, Salaheddine Mezouar. Those accords, signed in February during a tour of West Africa by King Mohammed VI, included an agreement to train hundreds of imams in Morocco.

Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

Portraits by George W. Bush go on display

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is displaying his portraits of world leaders in the first exhibit of his work as an artist.

Hillary Gives First 2016 Speech

Clinton said America needs “evidence-based decision making” and called out commercial agendas disguised as political ideology.

Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.

US ambassador says Ukraine crisis boosting transatlantic ties

The new US ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, said on Friday that the crisis in Ukraine had reinforced transatlantic ties and highlighted increased European integration. "The EU is a much more effective partner... compared to 20 years ago when fewer members were not able to come up with a common view," said Gardner at a press conference in Brussels. Gardner, who took over the post last month, said the response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine -- including sanctions and the signing of an association agreement with Kiev -- had been impressive. He added that the crisis had "confirmed the role of NATO" and helped "to reinforce transatlantic ties".

Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy

CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.

Kerry warns U.S. is evaluating role in Middle East peace talks

By Lesley Wroughton RABAT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Washington was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks, signaling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out. Speaking during a visit to Morocco after a week of setbacks, Kerry said there was a limit to U.S. efforts if the parties themselves were unwilling to move forward.

U.S. probing high-speed trading, attorney general says

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating high-speed trading for possible insider trading, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers on Friday. The disclosure comes the same week that regulators and the FBI also confirmed they are looking into potential wrongdoing by high-frequency stock traders. "I can confirm that we at the Justice Department are investigating this practice to determine whether it violates insider trading laws," Holder told a House panel at a hearing on the Justice Department's budget. Earlier this week the heads of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission also confirmed those agencies have several active probes into market integrity and structure issues, including high-speed and automated trading.

Senator goes to wrong hearing, blames Moscow

Senator Dan Coats had a quick explanation for how he ended up speaking at the wrong hearing - the Russians made him do it. "I just got a note saying I'm at the wrong hearing," Coats said.