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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy - and pollution....

5 things to know about coal trade, global warming
As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue:...

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border....

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises....

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays....

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course....

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs....

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
WASHINGTON (AP) -- University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research....

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week....

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move....

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Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress