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U.S. President Barack Obama sits for a military briefing with U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford (R) at Bagram Air Base in Kabul, May 25, 2014.

Proposed ban on Russian arms firm could hurt U.S. troops

A top U.S. general warns that a congressional bid to bar dealings with Moscow's main weapons exporter could be "catastrophic" for U.S. forces.

People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine, 298 dead

The Boeing 777 came down near the city of Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels.

microsoft

Microsoft to lay off 18K workers

Microsoft will slash up to 14 percent of its workforce as it tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

immigration

Honduras wants ‘mini-Marshall’ plan for U.S. aid on migrants

Honduran officials called for aid to Central America to reduce violence that has fueled a surge of child migration to the United States.

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Lawmakers, lawyers argue over Republican plan to sue Obama

The Republican effort to sue the President got under way at a hearing where lawmakers and constitutional law experts bickered over the move.

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Top GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face Senate on deadly ignition flaw

Two more major figures in the deadly GM safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers.

fire

Wildfire prompts evacuation of hundreds of Washington state homes

Wildfires stoked by high winds and dry, hot weather threatened homes and businesses across parts of Washington state.

cable

Comcast cancelation nightmare goes viral

Ever tried to cancel your cable? Hopefully you had a better experience than this guy. Hear the outrageous phone call!

veterans

Report: VA needs $17.6B to clear wait times

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs billions in additional funding, the embattled agency's acting chief says.

fdny

FDNY calendar features first female firefighter

The Calendar of Heroes celebrates the 150th anniversary of the fire department and honors its first woman with Miss March.

Computers

House moves to maintain ban on taxing Internet access

A bill that would keep Internet connections from being taxed is heading to the Senate.

hillary

WATCH: Jon Stewart to Hillary Clinton: ‘You’ve declared already’

Hillary Clinton has faced relentless speculation over her White House aspirations, but it took "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a matter of minutes to conclude she was campaign-ready.

transportation

House passes $10.9B transportation funding, Obama touts ‘talking’ cars

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an extension of transportation funding, to avert cutbacks in money for road, bridge and transit projects.

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Tocco, believed to be longest-serving U.S. mob boss, dead

Jack Tocco, believed to be the last living person with first-hand knowledge of the death of Jimmy Hoffa, has died at 87.

immigration

U.S. says deportation of children a warning to illegal migrants

The White House says that Central Americans trying to cross the U.S. border should know "they will not be welcome to this country."

immigration

Arizona town protests arrival of undocumented migrants

Waving flags and playing patriotic music, protesters demonstrated against the arrival of undocumented immigrants at a processing center.

coachman

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold, dead

The sports legend was the first African-American to earn an endorsement deal in 1952, when she signed on to promote Coca-Cola.

retail

Retail sales, manufacturing show firming economy

From employment to manufacturing, the economy appears to be firing on nearly all cylinders.

microsoft

Microsoft expected to announce job cuts

The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009.

obama

Obama tells China he wants ‘constructive management’ of differences

U.S. President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation.

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