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  President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the United States will remain the world's pre-eminent military power even as the Pentagon scales back spending, shrinks the Army and Marine Corps and pulls back from Europe.

Obama vows US will stay world's top military power

Updated: 1/5/2012 12:48 PM

  Public employees can no longer rely on some loopholes to inflate their state benefits, including one that allowed two union officials to qualify for teachers' retirement perks after a single day in the classroom, under a law signed Thursday.

New pension law closes loopholes

Updated: 1/5/2012 05:04 PM

  Items as small as a hairpin and as big as a chunk of the Titanic's hull are among 5,000 artifacts from the world's most famous shipwreck that are to be auctioned in April, close to the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Nearly a century after the...

Titanic items to be sold 100 years after sinking

Updated: 1/5/2012 10:27 AM

  SALEM, N.H. — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in...

Romney, Santorum run at Obama, seek NH momentum

Updated: 1/5/2012 10:06 AM

  BAGHDAD — A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December.

Attacks targeting Shiites kill 72 in Iraq

Updated: 1/5/2012 10:06 AM

  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Investigators might have had no leads on a missing mother and child if the woman hadn't crashed her car on Christmas Eve. But even after questioning Zinah Jennings in custody, police don't know what's happened to her...

Family plans to issue statement on missing S.C. boy

Updated: 1/5/2012 10:06 AM

  OGDEN, Utah — One officer was killed and five other drug task force members and a suspect were wounded in a gunfight Wednesday evening during a raid in an Ogden neighborhood, authorities said.

Utah officer killed, 6 others wounded in shootout

Updated: 1/5/2012 09:55 AM

  SAN DIEGO — Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix stood attentively in court, acknowledging his guilt as a federal judge read a plea agreement that detailed his role at the helm of one of the world's most powerful cartels in the...

Pursuit of Mexican drug kingpin draws to quiet end

Updated: 1/5/2012 09:54 AM

  CAIRO — The prosecutor in the trial of Hosni Mubarak demanded on Thursday that the ousted Egyptian leader be sentenced to hang on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising against his rule.

Prosecutor wants death for Mubarak, security boss

Updated: 1/5/2012 09:54 AM

  BROWNING, Mont. — Two wildfires raging overnight on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation burned thousands of acres, forced scores to evacuate and destroyed several buildings, officials said early Thursday.

Wildfires on Blackfeet Reservation force evacuations

Updated: 1/5/2012 09:54 AM

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