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NBC’s Brian Williams suspended 6 months over Iraq claims

LOS ANGELES — Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” program, has been suspended without pay for six months after admitting last week that a story he told about coming under fire on a helicopter during the Iraq war was not true.

U.S. gunman kills 3 Muslims near North Carolina university

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on social media was charged with killing three Muslim students Tuesday near the University of North Carolina in what police said today was an ongoing dispute over parking.

Jon Stewart leaving ‘The Daily’ Show

LOS ANGELES — Jon Stewart said Tuesday that he would step down from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after 17 years, leaving a new hole in the ranks of late night television and setting up another challenge for the Viacom-owned cable network, which recently bid farewell to popular time slot host Stephen Colbert.

Obama seeks war authorization

President Barack Obama sent Congress a proposal today for authorization to use military force against Islamic State that would limit the operation to three years and bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops.

U.S. debuts cyber security agency

The government is creating a new agency to monitor cyber security threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said today.
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For blue-collar America, wage gains are slim

WASHINGTON, D.C. — America has added more than a million jobs in the space of three months but wages, especially for blue-collar workers, are showing few signs of gains.

Brian Williams lied about Iraq story to Letterman in 2013

LOS ANGELES — Brian Williams, who acknowledged Wednesday that he falsely claimed to have been on a helicopter that was shot down by enemy fire while on an NBC News reporting trip in Iraq in 2003, has apparently been telling the story for years.
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Jeb Bush: I will ‘do it on my own’

DETROIT — Republican Jeb Bush made clear on Wednesday he realizes his famous last name could be a hindrance in a 2016 presidential campaign, and said he would work hard to connect with people and “do it on my own.”

Death toll in N.Y. train crash lowered as investigation begins

NEW YORK — Investigators were headed today to the scene of a deadly commuter railroad crash north of New York City. The crash occurred Tuesday evening after a rail crossing gate came down onto an SUV, which was then slammed by a fast-moving train.
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Obama’s budget plan draws scorn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $3.99 trillion budget that drew scorn from Republicans and set up battles over tax reform, infrastructure spending, and the quest to prove which party best represents the middle class.

California daycare closes after baby contracts measles

LOS ANGELES — A daycare center at a Southern California high school has been closed and more than a dozen infants placed under three-week quarantine after a baby enrolled in the program was diagnosed with measles, a school district official said on Monday.

U.S. taking ‘fresh look’ at weapons for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States is reconsidering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, senior administration officials said on Monday, adding that no decision had been made.

Romney will not run for president in 2016

Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race today after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time for the next generation of Republican leaders to seek the White House.

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

SACRAMENTO, California — A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said.
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CDC: Get vaccinated for measles

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades.

Seven dead in explosion at children’s hospital

MEXICO CITY — An apparent gas explosion early today destroyed part of a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more.