DENVER — The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn’t agree with the move and may try to stop it, if it isn’t tightly controlled.
By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 3:17 p.m.
SEATTLE — Washington state is losing its independence to decide the best way to spend about $40 million in federal dollars to improve how students perform in its public schools, education officials said Thursday.
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 11:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved.
By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 5:50 p.m.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 10:56 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 10:55 a.m.
NEW YORK — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
April 24, 2014 10:52 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Barack Obama Thursday of displaying "an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens" by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy.
By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
April 23, 2014 8:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
April 23, 2014 10:59 a.m.
TOKYO — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China’s growing influence.
By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
April 23, 2014 10:57 a.m.
DONETSK, Ukraine — Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its “anti-terror” campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.
By STEPHEN BRAUN and BEN FOX, Associated Press
April 23, 2014 10:42 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The planned release of portions of the Senate report on the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.