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Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 'shot down' in Ukraine - as it happened

This blog page has wrapped up. The Guardian's live coverage continues here.<p>298 people on board plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine • Bodies and wreckage found near town of Grabovo • US officials say surface-to-air missile caused crash • Ukrainian, Russian and rebel leaders deny involvement

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Piers Morgan needs a lesson on how to win US friends and influence people

Americans, it seems, don't take kindly to a self-important Brit telling them how to run their country. Who knew?<p>"One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster" reads Piers Morgan's bio on Twitter. Well, it appears that acting like a cock has finally rendered Morgan the feather …

(Update) Major conservative event dissing Ann Coulter?

Well, there’s some confusion here, but author <b>Ann Coulter</b> will do <i>something</i> at this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>A press release went out Monday declaring that Coulter is looking to debate a “serious liberal” at the event. “The CPAC stage – and Ann Coulter – stands ready for …

Fallon agrees to Rahm Polar Plunge

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon will be swimming with the fishes of Lake Michigan thanks to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: The comedian has agreed to participate in the city’s Polar Plunge fundraiser this weekend.<p>The former White House chief of staff and mayor had initially challenged Fallon to …

Pill mix-up led to Kennedy 'drugged driving' trial: defense | Reuters

WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - A Kennedy family member’s groggy behavior after her 2012 arrest for side-swiping a tractor trailer in New York was not the result of a criminal act but of mistakenly taking a sleeping pill instead of thyroid medication, her lawyers argued at her trial Monday.<p>Kerry …

UN Ambassador Power’s tweet on late reporter Daniel Pearl ignites Twitter

A cryptic tweet by Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about the violent death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has triggered a backlash on social media.<p>“Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence,” …

Sexual assault votes still stalled

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill were thwarted again Monday in their bids for floor votes on legislation to shake up how the Pentagon deals with sexual assault.<p>Their latest obstacle: Iran sanctions.<p>In exchange for allowing the Senate to vote on the military sexual assault issue, Sen. …

Governors clash over Obama's quest to raise minimum wage | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican state governors emerged from talks with President Barack Obama on Monday in a civil mood - until the topic moved to raising the minimum wage.<p>Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) attends the 2013 Republican Governors Association conference in Scottsdale, …

Shock Claim: Obamacare Cancelled My Mother’s Cancer Treatment and Forced Her to ‘Buy a New Plan That Would Accelerate Her… Death’

Getty Images.<p>The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been for many in Washington, D.C., a frustrating and embarrassing experience. Indeed, from the glitchy healthcare.gov website to unflattering hearings on the law’s rollout, the execution of the ACA has been anything but smooth.<p>But for …

Sebelius' cuts in home health care funds could jeopardize hundreds of thousands of jobs

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may recently have had her own embarrassing moment akin to President Obama's promise that everyone could keep their health plan and their doctor, no matter what.<p>Discussing the impact of ObamaCare on jobs, she said last week in Orlando, “There is …

Christie’s New Jersey Slide Continues After Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has seen his home-state approval ratings plummet 15 points in the wake of the so-called Bridgegate scandal that is …

The Latest Obama Claim to Receive ‘Four Pinocchios’ by Washington Post Fact-Checker

The Washington Post’s fact checker on Monday awarded President Barack Obama with a flunking grade for claiming recently that approximately 7 million Americans now have “access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.”<p>The president’s claim, which the Post awarded four …

Nutrition labels set for major overhaul

Should a regular bag of Chex Mix be labeled as containing eight servings, or just two? Should pasta sauce jars tell how much sugar was added?<p>The Obama administration is expected to take a major step toward addressing questions like these on Thursday when it unveils the first update to nutrition …

Lobbyist Has An Indecent Proposal for Gays in the NFL

Jack Burkman’s gay-banning bill for the NFL is based on nothing but his own political agenda and anonymous Republicans looking for Tea Party cover.<p>A …

The Private Prison Racket

Companies that manage prisons on our behalf have abysmal records. So why do we keep giving them business?<p>In October, when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new contract with Corrections Corporation of America, a Nashville-based private prison behemoth, onlookers might’ve wondered if he’d …

Holder: State Attorneys General Don’t Have to Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bans

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a New York <i>Times</i> interview published Monday that state attorneys general aren’t required to defend laws they …

Joe Biden Jokes About 2016 Presidential Bid on Late Night With Seth Meyers

Joe Biden helped kick off Seth Meyers’ tenure as host of NBC’s <i>Late Night</i> with a joke about the 2016 presidential race.<p>“Well, you know, I was planning …

FLOTUS unveils school food limits

First lady Michelle Obama unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would ban marketing junk food and sodas in schools — an unusually aggressive position for the administration that could draw the ire of school districts, food companies and conservatives.<p>“We’ll be eliminating advertising for unhealthy foods …

ObamaCare may increase premiums for 11 million workers, report says

Republicans renewed their fight against ObamaCare on Monday in response to a new report in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concludes that 11 million small business employees may see their premiums rise under the law.<p>The report, released Friday, says the higher rates are partly …

Lobbyist "Projects" Dozens Of Members Of Congress Will Back Bill To Ban Gays From NFL

"If you even attempt to discuss these issues, people call you a bigot," the conservative D.C. lobbyist says of his proposal.

Jolly acknowledges fatal 1989 crash

Florida congressional candidate David Jolly acknowledged Monday that as a 16-year-old driver, he struck and killed a pedestrian.<p>Jolly, who is now 41, discussed the 1989 accident in a Monday interview with 10 News Tampa, saying: “It took several years for me to get to a place of peace, but not …

Kentucky Senate Hopeful Flashes Bill Clinton Trump Card

In Kentucky, Democrats are brushing off the partisan criticism of former President Bill Clinton, and apparently, are opening their checkbooks.<p>Clinton …

Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths

A federal commission to prevent children's deaths from abuse and neglect held its first meeting on Monday. Figuring out the extent of the problem is just one challenge facing the new commission.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>About 1700 children die in the U.S. each year as the result of abuse and …