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FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

"Before making this ...

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Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

Jul 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

The push comes amid a developing trend by companies ...

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US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

A peaceful transfer of power in ...

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US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result.

That underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Indonesia and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

A ...

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Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

Jul 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, but the agency can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated ...

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Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

Jul 24, 2014

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.

But a closer look at the ...

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Anti-Immigrant Hate Coming From Everyday Americans

By | Jul 24, 2014

Waving American flags and chanting “go back home,” a mob of protesters stood in the center of a street in Murrieta, California, on July 1, halting three white buses filled with 140 immigrants. The crowd of between 200 to 300 people was enough to force the buses – filled with children and families ...

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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Jul 23, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the ...

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Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

Jul 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights ...

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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Jul 23, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress ...

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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying NASA's Space Launch System is at "high risk of missing" its planned ...

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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel ...

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House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving a solution a ...

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Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage ...

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Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for ...

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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

But many details ...

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Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.

In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ...

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Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.

In remarks he said were likely to get him attacked as a ...

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Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving ...

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