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  • US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year. That's the view of many economists who think a steadily improving job market will give households more income to...

  • APNewsBreak: Gov't finds health law co-ops awash in red ink

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats fed up with the health insurance industry used President Barack Obama's overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete against entrenched corporations. Taxpayers put up $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going. But a government audit out Thursday finds...

  • Senate poised to approve 3-month extension to highway bill

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care and leave a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall. The Senate plans to take up a House-passed bill on Thursday that would extend...

  • US home rental prices climb again in June

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Real estate data firm Zillow says that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in June from a year ago,...

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety...

  • Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when. A statement the Fed issued Wednesday after ending its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. The central bank signaled...

  • Judge chides State official over AP records request response

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The AP sued in March after the department failed to satisfy repeated...

  • Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood's request...

  • Facebook post on GOP site draws criticism

    Rick Green | Updated: 11 hr ago

    For a time Wednesday, the Facebook page of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women contained a post of a black person hanging from a tree, but the leader of the group said the post was deleted as soon as she learned of it. "There was a post made on our Facebook page without my permission...

  • Clinton to testify before Benghazi panel on Oct. 22

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to appear before the panel on Oct. 22. Committee spokesman Jamal Ware says Clinton will be questioned about the attacks as well as the unusual email arrangement she...

  • Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. Carter, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint...

  • 3 Oklahoma lawmakers' legislation targets Planned Parenthood funding

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Sen. Jim Inhofe of Tulsa calls for an investigation of Planned Parenthood amid a controversy over secretly taped conversations about fetal tissue.

  • FTC investigating online college University of Phoenix

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders Wednesday. The for-profit, publicly...

  • Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who is currently commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to take over Oct. 1 for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who will retire...

  • House approves bill to make it easier to fire VA workers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as lawmakers expressed continued frustration at the slow pace of change at the beleaguered agency. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jeff...

  • Japan: Militarized islands would expand China influence

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan's top naval officer says the entire South China Sea could fall under China's military sphere of influence if it uses the artificial islands it has built there for military purposes. Adm. Tomohisa Takei urged countries in the Indo-Pacific region to forge strong relations...

  • Program offers parents chance to work out overdue child support obligations

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Parents will be given an opportunity to work out payment schedules and have the warrants withdrawn under an Amnesty in August program announced Tuesday by the Child Support Services division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

  • Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS. At a Senate hearing, the Republican presidential candidate told the head of the IRS that his agency has become "the embodiment of what's wrong with...

  • Bill shores up highway aid, veterans' health care

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to shore up federal aid for highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care: HIGHWAY-TRANSIT EXTENSION The House voted to extend spending authority for the Department of Transportation through Oct. 29, and replenish the...

  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of...

  • US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia plane

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia plane.



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