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NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.

First lady calls homeless vets a ‘stain on the soul of the nation’

First lady Michelle Obama stressed the administration’s commitment to end homelessness among veterans Thursday and predicted that the country is on “the verge of making a major breakthrough.”

Minnesota GOP lawmaker disputes residency claim

Republican Rep. Bob Barrett provided the state Supreme Court with a copy of his driver's license and other evidence Thursday that he said proves he lives in his central Minnesota district.

McConnell offers immigration amendment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior, offering the proposal days after a flap surfaced about whether Fort Knox was targeted to temporarily house some of the young immigrants.

Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

Marion Barry's son jailed after latest arrest

Court documents show the only son of former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has been jailed after he was caught driving on a revoked license.

Financial disclosures give detail on Pell's wealth

New financial disclosure forms offer the first details about the personal wealth of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Clay Pell, who has contributed nearly $3.1 million to his campaign.

Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.

Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro

There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign.

Obama to sign executive order requiring companies to fess up bad behavior

President Obama today will sign an executive order aimed at requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.

FDA approves Boehringer's once-a-day inhaler drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new long-acting inhaler drug from Boehringer Ingelheim to treat people with chronic lung disease.

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.

Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

As he embarks on his final years in office, President Barack Obama has begun to look beyond the White House to his next task: solidifying his legacy.

First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members.

Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

Ex-Blackwater guard says didn't feel threatened

The defense team in the Blackwater trial attacked the testimony of a key prosecution witness Thursday, telling a jury that the witness lied to federal investigators even after he had sworn to tell the truth in an effort to win leniency in the case surrounding the killings of 14 Iraqis.

Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

A Missouri proposal to create one of the most expansive early voting periods in the nation appears to have fallen short of reaching the November ballot, according to an Associated Press analysis of initiative petition signatures.

Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds

Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds.

San Francisco senator pleads not guilty to charge

A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento.

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