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  • Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal

    Updated: 15 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that more than...

  • Gowdy vows to 'ratchet up' Benghazi investigation

    Updated: 56 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, promised Tuesday to "ratchet up" an inquiry he said is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the committee has recently...

  • US sees Kobani as key win, but Mosul may require new tactics

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, combining U.S. air power with effective ground forces and protected routes for them and their weapons. Taking back the key Iraqi city of Mosul may be an entirely...

  • NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Wednesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. The National Transportation Safety...

  • Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex, is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as that city redevelops its Olympic park, officials said Tuesday. London's mayor and developers for the Queen Elizabeth...

  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving toward a vote authorizing legal action against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, according to a person in the room. He...

  • Obama team asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democratic senator's complaints Tuesday, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to cut trade deals with Japan, Australia and many other countries. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York...

  • Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., a...

  • Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed harmlessly on the White House grounds shows that the U.S. must update its laws to manage the expanding frontier of commercial and consumer drones and ensure only good things come in these small packages. It's his...

  • Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas...

  • Orders for US durable goods stumbled in December

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, as U.S. businesses trimmed spending amid escalating worries about the global economy. Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest...

  • LGBT community forms group to battle 10 bills proposed for Oklahoma

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A gay-rights group vowed to fight back Monday against a number of bills it feels target its members. “The LGBT community is under attack,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of newly formed Freedom Oklahoma. “We are here to tell you that we plan on fighting back.” Freedom Oklahoma is...

  • Oklahoma groups unite to fight proposed anti-gay legislation

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Members of LGBT community push back on proposed legislation they say targets them.

  • Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court, a case that's unfolding amid a national debate about police use of force and the legal protections afforded to law enforcement. The...

  • Boehner admits 'couple of stumbles' in GOP agenda

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    House Republican leaders who this week cancelled plans to debate a border security bill opposed by their conservative faction acknowledged Tuesday making “a couple of stumbles” in formulating their agenda, the Washington Examiner reports. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, met privately with rank...

  • Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles' in Congress' opening weeks

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) acknowledges that there've been "a couple of stumbles" in the opening weeks of the new Republican-run Congress. Boehner says House Republicans wanted to get off to a fast start this year and so they moved bills quickly. Last week GOP...

  • US consumer confidence jumps to 7 ½-year high in January

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers welcomed the new year with a surge in confidence. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed this month to 102.9, highest level since August 2007 — four months before the start of the Great Recession. January's figure was up...

  • US new home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 42 US states amid broad hiring

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 42 U.S. states last month, the latest sign that strong hiring is boosting job opportunities nationwide. The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates rose in just four states last month and were unchanged in four others. Job gains remained healthy in...

  • US home price gains slow in November on weaker sales

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.3 percent in November from 12 months earlier. That's down slightly...

  • US new home sales surge 11.6 percent in December; gains bode well for 2015

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US new home sales surge 11.6 percent in December; gains bode well for 2015.



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