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Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. | Video

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Fed should beef up low-rate vows, two officials say

FARGO, North Dakota/BANGOR, Maine - The U.S. Federal Reserve ought not to raise interest rates until the economy is much closer to full strength, two of the Fed's most dovish policymakers said on Tuesday.

15 Apr 2014

Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

BOSTON - Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. | Video

15 Apr 2014

Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan.

Politics, U.S. 15 Apr 2014

Handless cleric's own words to be used against him in U.S. trial

NEW YORK - Prosecutors can use radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's own inflammatory words against him during his trial in New York on terrorism-related charges, including praise for Osama bin Laden and for the September 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

U.S., Osama bin Laden 15 Apr 2014

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet on Wednesday, U.S. says

WASHINGTON - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

World, Israel 15 Apr 2014
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Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes.