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PHOENIX (AP) -- A group of U.S. senators who will be influential in shaping and negotiating details of an immigration reform package is traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to get a firsthand look at issues affecting the region. By CRISTINA SILVA Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In his first public speech since resigning as head of the CIA, David Petraeus apologized for the extramarital affair that "caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters." By JOHN ROGERS and SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of pages of police reports in the investigation of the Tucson shooting rampage that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are being released Wednesday, marking the public's first glimpse into documents that authorities have kept private since the attack more than two years ago. By JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.
WASHINGTON — Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 percent for Americans’ individual policies under President Obama’s overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts. The report could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptical about the Affordable Care Act. The estimates were recently released by the Society of Actuaries to its members.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Nick Markakis joined his Baltimore teammates to play Tuesday, and that was a pleasant sight for the Orioles. Markakis went 1 for 5 in his return to the lineup while Twins pitcher Liam Hendriks exited early after being struck in the hand by a line drive in Minnesota’s 9-5 win over the Orioles. Markakis was the designated hitter in his first exhibition game since March 1 after recovering from a herniated disk in his neck. The outfielder was limited to 104 games last season because of hand and thumb injuries.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 105-82 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. The game matched one of the league’s worst home teams against one of the worst on the road. The Pistons haven’t won at home since before the All-Star break, losing seven straight, while Minnesota had lost 10 of its last 11 road games. Reserve J.J. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points for Minnesota, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Ricky Rubio added 14 points and nine assists.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Norwood Teague took over as athletic director at Minnesota, he knew it would take a little time for him to get up to speed with all the intricacies of major college football. Teague came from Virginia Commonwealth, which doesn’t have a football team, and so immersing himself in the sport was one of his top priorities. One thing Teague did know, and know well, was basketball. He and associate Mike Ellis have long prided themselves on being plugged in to the coaching world and familiar with what is needed to identify quality coaches and build a strong program.
The Kansas Jayhawks, coached by Willmar native Bonnie Henrickson, earned a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 75-69 upset win over South Carolina on Monday in Boulder, Colo. The No. 12 seed Jayhawks got 27 points from Monica Engelman in the victory of fourth-seeded South Carolina. The Jayhawks moved on to Norfolk, Va., where they will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between Notre Dame and Iowa in the regional semifinals Sunday. Engelman’s previous career best was 26 points set last month against TCU.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal program intended to reduce povertyand improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding is expanding to six states, officials said Tuesday. By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal program intended to reduce USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding is expanding to six states, officials said Tuesday.