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  • Reid accused of illegal campaigning to help Flores

    1 year, 2 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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

    1 year, 3 months 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

    1 year, 4 months 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

    1 year, 4 months 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

    1 year, 4 months 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

    1 year, 4 months 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

    1 year, 5 months 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

    1 year, 5 months 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

    1 year, 5 months 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 ...

  • As trade talks begin, Europe wants its Parmesan back

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like ...

  • Source: Debbie Dingell to seek husband's Michigan House seat

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Debbie Dingell will run for the House seat currently held by her husband, John, who announced this week that he would retire after the longest congressional career in history, a Democratic official said Tuesday. Debbie Dingell, ...

  • Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the United States, the White House ...

  • House conservatives rule out immigration reform this year

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting the GOP should wait until next year when the party also might control the Senate. House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles ...

  • Hagel ordering full review of nuclear force

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) Citing a string of setbacks in the nuclear missile force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned senior military leaders to discuss serious personnel problems and other missteps that "threaten to jeopardize" public trust. In a memo Thursday to top Pentagon officials, ...

  • Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) HONOLULU — The Obama administration is announcing a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims ...

  • Nude dance clubs, NV Energy's taxes and school uniforms lead off state Supreme Court cases for 2014

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) The Nevada Supreme Court will open 2014 with appeals from Las Vegas erotic dancing clubs, a killer on death row and a dispute over school uniforms. The court will conduct hearings in Carson City from Jan. 6-8 on 13 cases ...

  • Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn's rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip ...

  • White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, officials said Friday, the same day a review board sent the White House more than 40 recommendations ...

  • Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region. Arriving in Tokyo late Monday evening, Biden was met ...

  • Obama discusses Iran deal with Saudi Arabia's king

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) on the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program. The White House says the leaders agreed Wednesday to consult regularly on efforts by the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia ...

  • Anti-deportation protester interrupts Obama speech

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — An anti-deportation protester confronted President Barack Obama, saying his family has been separated for 19 years and urged him to use executive powers to help immigrants living illegally in the United States. The young man was standing ...

  • Energy Dept. loses $139 million on loan to electric car maker

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy. ...

  • Obama ties Gettysburg legacy to modern rights

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is connecting the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to gay rights, women's rights and modern technological transformations. On the 150 anniversary of Lincoln's speech, Obama says Lincoln understood that individual efforts aren't ...

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