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Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

Apr 16, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are trumpeting $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land ...

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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Apr 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

That's because more than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the hourly minimum, currently $7.25.

Those exclusions run from some workers with disabilities to ...

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Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

Apr 16, 2014

By ANDREW DEMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

The American Civil Liberties Union ...

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US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

Apr 16, 2014

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who ...

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Clinton White House documents to be released

Apr 16, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in ...

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Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

Apr 16, 2014

By JONATHAN MATTISE and BILL BARROW, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack ...

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House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

Apr 16, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

The Democratic ...

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Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

Apr 16, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House ...

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A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Apr 16, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort ...

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Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

Apr 15, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports ...

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Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Apr 15, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force ...

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Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

Apr 15, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order.

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Obama's commutation of Ceasar Cantu's ...

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5 Things to Know about Tax Day

Apr 15, 2014

By The Associated Press

The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

1. YOU MAY NOT FACE MUCH OF A DEADLINE

If you're due a refund — and about three-quarters of filers typically are — missing the April 15 deadline will not get you in ...

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US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says U.S. officials are ...

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Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

Apr 15, 2014

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.

Grimes' campaign manager Jonathan ...

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Obama to faith leaders: No immigration fix planned

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws.

That's according to Luis Cortes, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza. He was among six religious leaders who met with ...

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Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

Apr 15, 2014

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

DANE, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

Walker told ...

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Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

Apr 15, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining ...

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

Apr 15, 2014

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

The court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up ...

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