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Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

This photo taken Jan. 28, 2014, shows a Coast Guard officer following traffic on his screen while facing a dense fog which is almost completely eliminating visibility during a patrol off the San Diego coast in San Diego. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin...

2 siblings die from Ind. fire injuries; 6 total

FILE – The remains of a house at 287 N Olney St. where there was a fatal fire early Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 is seen on the east side of Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. An Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman says two children have died after initially surviving a...

Much-needed rain, snow to hit parched California

FILE – This Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Leon Stout, of Orland, walks across a dry Black Butte Lake near Orland Buttes Recreation Area in Chico, Calif. Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms that could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout...

Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker uses a cell phone to illustrate a point about health care plans during a special session on jobs in America during the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Wisconsin Gov. Scott...

Rice says Russian move on Ukraine would be mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Susan Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that in Obama’s phone...

Governors’ solutions tend to mirror partisan lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s governors sound every bit as divided as Washington lawmakers on how best to help the nation’s economy. Democratic governors such as Maryland’s Martin O’Malley and Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy are making pitches...

Faulty pipe led to NY mall carbon monoxide leak

Fire personnel respond to a possible case of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Legal Seafoods at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Police say a 55-year-old restaurant manager has died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals after being...

Bush: Helping veterans lifts his spirits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says his focus on a new initiative helping returning veterans also aids him emotionally. The George W. Bush Institute and Syracuse University are undertaking a study on issues affecting veterans who have served since Sept....

House panel chair seeks “El Chapo’s” extradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security is encouraging Mexico’s authorities to extradite drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (wah-KEEN’ el chah-poh gooz-MAHN’) to the United States to ensure he remains...

La.’s Landrieu looks for independent, GOP support

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Democrat Mary Landrieu’s quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just enough support from independents and Republicans to win in this increasingly conservative state. The daughter and sister of New Orleans mayors,...