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Obama Says U.S. Will Respect Afghan Sovereignty

Obama Says U.S. Will Respect Afghan SovereigntyAs Afghan elders debate whether to approve a proposed security agreement with the U.S., there's word that President Obama has said the U.S. will respect Afghanistan's sovereignty and carry out raids on Afghan homes only under extraordinary circumstances, The Associated Press writes.

Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Sotomayor’s Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected JudgesJustice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

China Unveils Major Economic Changes

China Unveils Major Economic ChangesChina said it would loosen restrictions on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses, and allow private competition in state-dominated sectors.

Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks

Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance LeaksNSA officials are bracing for more surveillance disclosures from the documents taken by former contractor Edward Snowden — and they want to get out in front of the story.

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex MarriageHawaii's Senate has given the OK to a bill allowing same-sex marriage, which now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign.

In Shattered Filipino City, A Fight For ‘Sheer Survival’

In Shattered Filipino City, A Fight For ‘Sheer Survival’As some trucks loaded with food and other aid arrive in the Philippines city of Tacloban they're being looted by residents struggling to survive in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

‘It Looks Like A 50-Mile Wide Tornado’ Hit The Philippines

‘It Looks Like A 50-Mile Wide Tornado’ Hit The PhilippinesThe enormous task continues of getting aid to the millions of people who were in the path of Typhoon Haiyan when it roared into parts of the Philippines.

Hague: A Deal With Iran Is ‘On The Table’ And ‘Can Be Done’

Hague: A Deal With Iran Is ‘On The Table’ And ‘Can Be Done’Despite the fact that a marathon negotiating session over Iran's nuclear program came up empty, international diplomats tried to put a positive spin on reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp Benefits

Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp BenefitsMore than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting a bit less starting Friday when a temporary benefit enacted as part of the federal stimulus expires.

Hawaii Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Special Session Monday

Hawaii Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Special Session MondayThe next state to legalize same-sex marriage may be Hawaii, where the state's Legislature will begin a special session on the issue Monday.