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  • Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition. The setback came in the announcement from Sen. Ben Cardin of...

  • Amid grief, Jill Biden said to share VP's hesitation on 2016

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's reluctance to enter the presidential race centers on his family. His wife, Jill, has never relished political life and is said to share his misgivings about whether the Bidens are emotionally equipped for another campaign. Those close to the second...

  • US jobless rate falls to 7-year low; Fed move still unclear

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed — a mixed bag of news that offers few clues to whether the Federal Reserve will raise rock-bottom interest rates later this month. The Labor Department report, issued Friday, was closely...

  • Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn't the "best choice" and acknowledged she didn't "stop and think" about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama's secretary of state in 2009. The Democratic...

  • Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages, cites First Amendment right to religious freedom

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day reportedly won't perform same-sex marriages in his Salem courtroom.

  • Attorney: Clerk's contempt hearing was 'charade,' marriage licenses issued Friday void

    AP | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The latest on the county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (all times local): 3:20 p.m. An attorney for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says the contempt hearing a federal judge held was a "charade."...

  • From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The slogans are familiar: "The Incredible Edible Egg," ''Pork: The Other White Meat," and "Got Milk?" They've all been part of promotional campaigns overseen by the Agriculture Department and paid for by the industries that vote to organize them. While the idea is simple — an...

  • US hiring sizzles in health care and restaurants

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring is hot in health care and hospitality. Health care and social assistance employers added more than 56,000 jobs in August, led by hospitals and health service providers. The social assistance category, which includes child and elderly care, gained nearly 16,000....

  • National Zoo's panda cub has more than doubled in size

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The surviving panda cub at the National Zoo has more than doubled in size in the nearly two weeks since he was born. Zoo officials say veterinarians were able to do a quick examination of the male cub on Wednesday when his mother, Mei Xiang (may SHONG), left her den. The cub...

  • Obama says US, Saudis want functioning government in Yemen

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hosting Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the...

  • US coordinating its response to Europe's migrant crisis

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has set up a working group to help coordinate the U.S. response to Europe's migrant crisis. Spokesman John Kirby says the group was set up following a request by Secretary of State John Kerry. It will also seek to ensure the U.S. is prepared for future...

  • Jeb Bush places first advertisements of campaign in NH

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush will appear soon on television sets across New Hampshire, an important early presidential primary state. The Republican contender and former Florida governor's campaign is spending $500,000 over the next 20 days on televised and digital ads that his aides say will...

  • Jobless rates fell in August for young workers, recent vets

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Young workers ended the summer with more jobs. The unemployment rate for people ages 20 to 24 fell to 8.9 percent, the lowest level since April 2008. Younger workers have had a hard time finding jobs since the Great Recession officially began 7½ years ago. Their unemployment...

  • Maryland's Cardin to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. The announcement is a blow to the White House and will make it harder for the administration to block a vote on a disapproval resolution in the...

  • Key Senate Democrat, Ben Cardin of Maryland, to oppose nuclear deal with Iran

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrat, Ben Cardin of Maryland, to oppose nuclear deal with Iran.

  • Trump says Iran deal struck by 'totally incompetent people'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if elected he would work to improve the "horrible" international agreement with Iran to rein in that country's nuclear arms program. "I do like to buy bad contracts," the billionaire real estate mogul said Friday on...

  • US employers added 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate falls to 7-year low of 5.1 pct.

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US employers added 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate falls to 7-year low of 5.1 pct.

  • Edward Snowden says Hillary Clinton 'ridiculous' to think emails were secure

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Edward Snowden has branded as “completely ridiculous” the idea that Hillary Clinton’s personal email server was secure while she was secretary of state. The National Security Agency whistleblower was speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera. In 2014, Clinton accused Snowden of...

  • The FBI Now Needs a Warrant To Use Its Phone-Sniffing Stingray Boxes

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Privacy took a blow last week when the NSA got permission to keep operating a massive dragnet. Here’s some better news: As of today, federal agents should have a harder time using Stingrays to spy on cell phones. Today, the Department of Justice issued a new policy that requires federal...

  • New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday. The policy represents the first effort to create a uniform legal...

  • Oklahoma state revenue tax receipts slide with oil price drop

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    August gross receipts for Oklahoma were down 3.5 percent from the same month last year.



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