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Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints

Jul 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental ...

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Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve ...

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Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

Jul 11, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at ...

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US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind ...

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Commanders: Benghazi rescue hampered by info lack

Jul 11, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented, military leaders say, if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans had taken refuge and ...

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Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails

Jul 11, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois ...

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White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B

Jul 11, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that the federal government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget ...

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James' return to Cleveland could complicate GOP

Jul 11, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James' return to Cleveland potentially complicates Republicans' plan to nominate their 2016 presidential pick there.

The NBA star announced Friday that he would play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team where he spent seven seasons.

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GOP's Ernst of Iowa to give party's radio address

Jul 11, 2014

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst has recorded the Republicans' national radio address.

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House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

Jul 11, 2014

By ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday.

"It's too much money. We don't ...

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House votes to make business tax break permanent

Jul 11, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year.

The tax break allows ...

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Judge rules Florida Legislature broke laws on maps

Jul 11, 2014

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that ...

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Obama Diverts Attention Back to Economy

By | Jul 11, 2014

President Barack Obama is trying to shift attention away from the humanitarian crisis caused by a new wave of illegal immigration and instead underscore that the U.S. economy has been improving on his watch.

It's part of his effort to court voters on behalf of fellow Democrats in this November's ...

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Kansas senator's longevity gives GOP foe opening

Jul 11, 2014

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning show.

"Every time I get an opponent — uh, I mean, every time I get a chance — I'm home," Roberts said during the KCMO ...

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Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi,

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Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

Jul 10, 2014

By ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on ...

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Obama offers US help negotiating Israel cease-fire

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered the help of the United States on Thursday in negotiating a cease-fire to end escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, as world leaders warned of an urgent need to avoid another ...

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Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have ...

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Obama books summer getaway on Martha's Vineyard

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has booked a two-week summer getaway for his family on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

The White House says Obama will head north on Aug. 9 and stay until Aug. 24, when he returns to Washington. It will be the longest summer ...

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