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Congress races to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled VA and highways
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress today scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

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CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders about computer access
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America’s densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Debt Study: More than one-third in the US acing debt collectors
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On border, Obama prods GOP while citing progress
WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress’ August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to  retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Japanese fans speak on the evolution of 'Godzilla'
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Wall Street: Visa, Amazon pull stock market lower
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results at Visa and Amazon dragged on the stock market Friday, and put two major indexes on course for a weekly loss.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is “imminent”, the Pentagon said today, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Panel orders subpoena to Vilsack to be quashed
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.
Friday, July 25, 2014

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without OK
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Obama with Central American leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama met with Central American leaders today to urge them to help slow the exodus of unaccompanied children from their countries, as House Republicans tried to get behind a solution to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Friday, July 25, 2014

National art show to hit billboards
NEW YORK (AP) — Famous artwork is about to hit America’s streets and public places.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check it
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.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

UN agency lists rankings of humanity's progress
(AP) — In its annual report on human development, the United Nations Development Program ranks 187 countries based on measures such as the health and longevity of their people, education and income, and personal security.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

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