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Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and support for families of the fallen, "not just with words but with our actions. Read more

Obama turns attention to growing opioid abuse problem

ATLANTA — The trajectory of opioid deaths in the United States is trending in the wrong direction and should be atop the federal... Read more

Drilling OK comes just before Obama's visit

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. Read more

Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires. Read more

Unwavering NRA opposes any new gun restrictions

WASHINGTON - An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that new gun regulations would not make children safer and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment. Read more

Vets jobs bill bogs down in Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments. Read more

GOP focusing on Obama in bid for Giffords' seat

PHOENIX - Republicans are focusing on President Barack Obama, not Gabrielle Giffords, and sensing a chance to capture the former congresswoman's seat in southern Arizona. Read more

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