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Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, shakes hands with supporters before the screening of the television documentary “Israel: The Royal Tour” at Paramount Studios on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. Netanyahu flew Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to...
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Iditarod musher flown to hospital after ordeal

Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, top, catches up to Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska, on the Cordova Street hill during the ceremonial start for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik...
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Russia, West try to hammer out Ukraine diplomacy

AP Photo/Alain Jocard PARIS (AP) — Facing off in Europe’s capitals, Russia and the West began trying to build the elements of a diplomatic solution to Europe’s gravest crisis since the Cold War – even as the West appeared increasingly resigned to an...
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Netanyahu and Gov. Brown to sign pro-business pact

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making a swing through the Silicon Valley where he met with high-tech leaders and signed a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown. Sitting next to Netanyahu, Brown said...

Big coal producer in settlement over tainted water

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday. The agreement...

UN envoy leaves Crimea under order from armed men

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — A special U.N. envoy cut short his mission in Crimea on Wednesday after being threatened by 10 to 15 armed men and ordered to leave the region, where Ukraine and Russia are locked in a tense standoff, U.N. officials said. After a confrontation...
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Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The pontiff says he finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive.” In an interview with Italian daily...
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NATO reviews its cooperation with Russia

From left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, talk together during a break of a meeting at the Elysee Palace in...

C. African Republic town turns on Muslim leader

MBAIKI, Central African Republic (AP) — The swarm of people showed up on their deputy mayor’s doorstep late on a Friday morning, just before the time of the Muslim prayers. By then, it no longer mattered that he was the deputy mayor. It didn’t matter that the...

Samuelson: Does ‘tax reform’ have a future?

In a curious way, the sweeping “tax reform” plan unveiled recently by Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, demonstrates why half measures won’t do. The income tax has become, through its many deductions, credits and exclusions, a...