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Peevish or loaded for bear — Obama getting tough on critics

(AP) — Just as Congress is hitting something of a bipartisan stride on such issues as Medicare, Iran and trade, President Barack Obama and his White House team have decided to go after their Republican critics, picking fights and scornfully calling them out by name.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact 


(AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

(AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

(AP) — A Philadelphia family has been awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict.

Watchdog: ICE could have saved millions on detainee flights

(AP) — Millions of dollars might have been saved through better management and by not leaving seats empty on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter flights carrying detained immigrants to their home countries, according to an internal watchdog report released Friday.

2 minor league baseball teams to test game with 5-pitch rule

(AP) — This isn't your grandparents' baseball game.

Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing broadly lower following steep declines in Europe.

SpaceX shipment arrives at space station: 1st espresso maker

(AP) — The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

Federal appeals court to take up Obama's immigration action

(AP) — As demonstrators gathered Friday outside a New Orleans federal courthouse, appellate judges were preparing to consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

G-20 finance officials confronting global weakness 


(AP) — Finance officials from the world's major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery nearly six years after the Great Recession while confronting a range of new threats from a soaring U.S. dollar to a big drop in oil prices.