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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment at an Atlanta hospital.

The deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program reached last week has been both hailed as an historic agreement and decried as a disaster for U.S. foreign policy. With Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East early next month, the U.S. is working hard to convince allies in the region that the accord is the right move. But there’s also a domestic debate, with many members of Congress promising to pore over the deal before rendering judgment. Already busy trying to shape that debate is the liberal advocacy group J-Street, which supports a two-state solution in Israel as a road to peace. Dylan Williams is Vice President of Government Affairs for J-Street and is a former U.S. Senate staffer.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all state buildings in Massachusetts beginning at sunrise on Friday in honor of the four U.S. Marines killed in Tennessee.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

 

Authorities are searching for two convicted murderers who used power tools to escape from a maximum-security New York prison in a "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in an "elaborate, sophisticated operation" that involved shimmying through a steam pipe.

The men were reported missing from their beds at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Roadblocks were set up in the area of the prison, about 20 miles from the Canadian border. Bloodhounds and helicopters were being used to track down the men.

A $100,000 reward has been posted for information leading to their capture. People with information are advised to call 1-800-GIVE-TIP. Cuomo speaking on NBC's the Today Show said he believes the prisoners had inside assistance in their escape.

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An Amtrak train has abruptly overturned in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others.

Waiting For Hillary

Apr 12, 2015
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  Today is the day - Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her presidential campaign. 

A big send-off last night in Manhattan for the former first lady and one-time New York state senator as dozens of supporters, elected officials and Democratic leaders gathered at a fundraiser.

The group has raised more than $15 million over the last two years and held events in all 50 states.

Two senior advisers tell the Asscoaited Press Clinton will portray herself as a fighter who can get results in a tough political climate.

In a bit of a surprise, the House is sending President Obama a bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without conditions.  Reaction is coming in:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont:

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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