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Congress clears bill to award gold medal to Selma marchers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote.

AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law

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FILE - This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court, during the week of March 2, 2015, hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. An explanation of the legal case:


Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

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U.S. President Obama speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June 30 date for a final agreement.


Jeb Bush distances himself from family

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.

Mayor apologizes after US city faults boy for own death

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Samaria Rice (C), mother of Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer, speaks during the "Justice For All" march in Washington on December 13, 2014The mayor of Cleveland apologized Monday after a court filing by the Ohio city suggested that a 12-year-old black boy was responsible for his own death at the hands of police. Tamir Rice was shot and killed in a playground in November by a rookie police officer who apparently thought the youngster's pellet gun was a real firearm. The African-American boy's death, caught on video, prompted a national furor, three months after the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Monday that the city will be amending its court filing in the coming days to remove any "insensitive" language, in a way that would not undermine its 20-point rebuttal of the Rice family lawsuit.


Nurse who survived Ebola sues Dallas hospital system

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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, nurse Nina Pham poses for a photo at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease, filed a lawsuit Monday March 2, 2015, against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday.


Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a press conference at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.


Takata to double output of replacement airbags

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Takata, under fire from safety regulators over defective airbags linked to at least five fatalities, said it increased production of airbag replacement kitsEmbattled Japanese auto supplier Takata said Monday it will double its production of replacement airbags in the next six months in response to a massive global safety recall. Takata, under fire from safety regulators over defective airbags linked to at least five fatalities, said it increased production of airbag replacement kits from 350,000 per month in December to 450,000 per month currently. "Takata has dramatically increased the production of airbag replacement kits in support of automotive recalls and safety campaigns," the company said. "Takata also is working with other suppliers to further increase the availability of replacement kits for its automotive customers." About 20 million vehicles produced by some of the world's biggest automakers are being recalled due to the risk their Takata-made airbags could deploy with excessive explosive power, spraying potentially fatal shrapnel into the vehicle.


WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect

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A person takes a picture of the new devices at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices.


Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March: EU

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Moscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels MondayMoscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels Monday, securing supplies to Europe after a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the EU said. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas giant, threatened last week to halt deliveries to Ukraine and divert stocks instead to the eastern parts of the country controlled by pro-Kremlin separatists after Kiev cut them off. "I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of the Winter Package for the supply needs in Ukraine," said Maros Sefcovic, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, referring to a contract expiring on March 31 that Russia had threatened to scrap.


Senate Dems block negotiations on Homeland bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

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