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Washington • Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly …

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  • Man walks free after judge dismisses 1975 case due to testimony recant
    Cleveland • After nearly 40 years in prison, a man convicted in a 1975 Cleveland slaying walked out of the county jail as a free man. Fifty-seven-year...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to respond to President Barack Obama's intention to spare millions of illegal immigrants from being deported, a use of executive powers that is setting up a fight with Republicans in Congress over the limits of presidential powers, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner, who has refused to have his members vote on broad immigration legislation passed by the Senate last year, said earlier that Obama's decision to go it alone Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration
    Washington • House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was “damaging the presidency” with his unilateral action on immigr...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • A woman speaks with investigators at the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said Thursday.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Police identify 3 kids shot in New Jersey home
    Tabernacle, N.J. • New Jersey State Police have identified the three children shot in a southern New Jersey home along with their mother. Capt. Stephe...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Florida State president John Thrasher, center, flanked by Tallahassee mayor, John Marks, left, and Florida State police chief, David Perry, speaks at a news conference concerning the on-campus shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas
    Tallahassee, Fla. • The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas, ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:54 am   |     |   Share

  • Dump trucks wait to unload snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll) As snow ends in Buffalo, roof collapses, floods are concerns
    Buffalo, N.Y. • A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn’t breathe ea...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Marvin Arriola  |  The Associated Press)  
Columns of smoke rise above Jackson, Wyoming, following an explosion at a propane dealer on Thursday. The blast forced the evacuation of several businesses and a small school in the vicinity but police and emergency officials say there were no immediate reports of injuries. Blast at Wyoming propane dealer forces evacuations
    Jackson, Wyo. • An explosion at a propane dealer in the Wyoming tourist town of Jackson has forced the evacuation of several nearby businesses and a s...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • ABC, CBS, NBC won’t carry Obama immigration speech
    New York • ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Un...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 01:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Obama’s immigration actions do have limits
    Washington • President Barack Obama is poised to claim broad authority to grant work permits to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United ...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 01:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Main elements of Obama’s immigration overhaul
    A look at the central provisions of an immigration overhaul that President Barack Obama intended to announced Thursday night, according to individuals...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 01:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • 5 things to watch in Obama’s immigration speech
    Washington • After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country’s immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his ...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 01:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • This product image provided by Purdue Pharma shows Hysingla, the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 approved Hysingla, a once-a-day tablet for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. (AP Photo/Purdue Pharma) FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill
    Washington • Federal health regulators have approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a simil...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Does Obama have legal authority for immigration changes?
    Washington • President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over legality....
    Updated Nov 20 2014 01:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • 5 family members killed in crash on way to Disney World
    Calhoun, La. • Three children and two adults from an East Texas family were killed on their way to a Disney World vacation when their sport utility ve...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, cars travel on a freeway in San Diego. During the long 2014 holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road
    New York • The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. Durin...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 10:42 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007  file photo of an overweight person  eating in London.  A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute released Thursday  Nov. 20, 2014 that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism. The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity, putting it among the top three social programs generated by human beings. It puts its impact at 2.8 percent of global gross domestic product.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) Economics of obesity: McKinsey report says obesity costs hit $2 trillion
    London • The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and te...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014
    Washington • Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth month...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Ruling: Mississippi abortion law remains blocked
    Jackson, Miss. • A federal appeals court said Thursday that it won’t reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitut...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 10:15 am   |     |   Share
  • A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) Roofs collapsing under 6 feet of Buffalo snow
    Buffalo, N.Y. • Roofs began to creak and collapse under the weight as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total Thursday to an...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block South Carolina gay marriages
    Charleston, S.C. • The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina. The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republi...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the NSA had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, intelligence officials say, complaining that it exceeded the agency’s mandate to focus on foreign spying and would do little to stop terror plots.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash over phone data collection
    Washington • Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect Ame...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Angie Rolando, left, and her same-sex partner, Tonya, shop for wedding rings in Great Falls, Mont., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a federal judge overturned Montana's gay marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. (AP Photo/Great Falls Tribune, Larry Beckner) Montana gay couples exchange vows after ban tossed
    Billings, Mont. • Gay couples have begun exchanging vows at county courthouses in Montana a day after a federal judge threw out the state’s ban on sam...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 09:57 am   |     |   Share