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US threatening tougher sanctions on Russia

US finding reluctance among major economic powers for tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
Martin Crutsinger And Harry Dunphy, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United States.

Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

Review of intelligence before Boston Marathon attack finds no evidence of missed opportunities
Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.

Carter, Dole wives to aid troop effort

Wives of Jimmy Carter and Bob Dole to aid White House troop effort
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are bringing relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans.

They're being joined Friday at the White House by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former senator Elizabeth Dole to announce new private and public sector pledges to help the country's 5.5 million military caregivers.

The figure comes from a report commissioned by Dole's foundation and made public last week.

In rural India, women want politicians to deliver

Woman comprise half of Indian voters, but remain marginalized despite formidable women leaders
Nirmala George, The Associated Press

SARAI, India - Trudging home after a long day harvesting wheat, Veena Devi has little time for the political workers swarming her northern Indian village seeking votes for their candidates.

"They come to us each time promising piped water, public toilets and factory jobs. But these political leaders will disappear after they win," said the grey-haired Devi, sitting outside her thatched-roof hut in Sarai, a village just outside the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

Hillary Clinton ducks, thrown shoe misses her during speech at Las Vegas recycling conference
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Hillary Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.

Moments later, still in the stage spotlight, the former secretary of state reflected calmly on what she called "an atmosphere and attitude in politics" that she said rewards inflexibility and extremism.

US threatening tougher sanctions on Russia

US finding reluctance among major economic powers for tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
Martin Crutsinger And Harry Dunphy, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United States.

Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

Jeb Bush's 'act of love' remark stirs immigration foes, exposes GOP fissures for 2016
Michael J. Mishak, The Associated Press

MIAMI - With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party.

AP Interview: Arab League chief backs peace talks

AP Interview: Arab League chief says Israel, Palestinians soon to overcome stalemate in talks
Lamia Radi And Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press

CAIRO - The head of the Arab League said Thursday he is confident that Israel and the Palestinians soon will resolve a crisis over the release of long-held Palestinian prisoners and extend their U.S.-brokered peace negotiations beyond an April deadline.

Nabil Elaraby told The Associated Press that the April 29 deadline would be extended and rejected the idea that the talks have failed to make progress.

Search picks up new underwater signal in jet hunt

Search picks up new signal in seas where past sounds were consistent with aircraft black boxes
Nick Perry And Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press

PERTH, Australia - An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet picked up a new underwater signal Thursday while searching the same part of the Indian Ocean where earlier sounds were detected that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes.

Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse

Amid civil rights commemorations, archives of civil rights icon Rosa Parks remain in warehouse
Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Parks' archives could be worth millions, especially now that 50th anniversaries of the civil rights era are being celebrated and the hunt is on for artifacts to fill a new Smithsonian museum of African-American history.

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