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January 26, 2015

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  • Lew slams door on efforts to lower top individual tax rate

    4 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to forge such a ...

  • U.S., Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

    4 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) HAVANA — The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and ...

  • Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

    9 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ...

  • Obama to focus on cybersecurity issues next week

    16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Continuing the break with State of the Union tradition, President Barack Obama will spend most of the coming week previewing more of the proposals he will outline in the address, including on identity theft, electronic privacy and cybersecurity, ...

  • Will Clinton run? She needs to decide in 2015

    27 days, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A still undeclared candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as Clinton has said before, if she runs again, she'll work as hard as any underdog. Clinton's 2008 presidential ...

  • Vermont senator to decide on presidential run by March

    1 month ago

    (AP) BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the ...

  • Senate passes bipartisan package of Nevada land bills

    1 month, 13 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Jobs and growth: Why lands bills could mean plenty for Las Vegans","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/dec/09/jobs-and-growth-why-lands-bills-could-mean-plenty-/"}] After more than five years of wrangling, the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan package of land bills to spur Nevada's economic development while extending protection to some ...

  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    1 month, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan, responding to the Senate torture report, acknowledged Thursday in a rare televised news conference that "abhorrent" tactics were used on terror detainees and said it was "unknown and unknowable" whether the harsh treatment yielded ...

  • Strip club wants court to reconsider ruling on dancers

    2 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) CARSON CITY — The Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that dancers are club employees, not independent contractors, and therefore due minimum wage. If the ruling stands, it could cost the club millions ...

  • Obama to delay immigration action

    4 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate ...

  • Israel PM says expansion of Gaza assault possible

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. ...

  • Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"World leaders calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jul/18/world-leaders-calls-ukraine-cease-fire-after-crash/"}] WASHINGTON — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a ...

  • Congress passes bill to help retrain workers

    7 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) Congress approved a bill today to modernize workforce development programs, which in Nevada help train job-seekers for new industries and provide educational opportunities for workers. Congress last addressed workforce programs 16 years ago, so lawmakers praised the new legislation for ...

  • Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June’s end

    7 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people ...

  • Reid accused of illegal campaigning to help Flores

    7 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) The Clark County Republican Party is accusing Sen. Harry Reid of breaking campaign finance laws in his zeal to get fellow Democrat Lucy Flores elected lieutenant governor. County GOP Chairman Dave McKeon said in a complaint filed Friday with the ...

  • Utah senator: Gay marriage will be law of the land

    8 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's obvious gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. Hatch says people who can't see what's happening aren't living in the real world. He made the remarks ...

  • House Dems to participate in Benghazi probe

    8 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) House Democrats will participate in the special, Republican-led select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, despite serious concerns within the party that the inquiry is an election-year ploy to energize core GOP voters. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ...

  • Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

    8 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers — or regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars with defective ignition switches. In each of ...

  • Republicans linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid in fight for majority

    9 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and ...

  • Kathleen Sebelius, architect of Obamacare, resigning Cabinet post

    9 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Sebelius' resignation comes ...

  • Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

    9 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully. The ...

  • High court voids overall federal campaign contribution limits

    9 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans ...

  • US Congress backs bills to aid Ukraine

    10 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) The U.S. Congress spoke with one voice against Russia's annexation of Crimea, overwhelmingly backing legislation in the House and Senate to aid cash-strapped Ukraine and punish Russia in a show of solidarity with President Barack Obama. On a voice vote ...

  • BofA to spend $9.33 billion in FHFA settlement

    10 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The agency sued 18 financial institutions in September 2011 over their ...

  • Feds accused of steering funding to anti-pot researchers

    10 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) As the nation’s only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of ...

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