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  • Referee to hear Oklahoma drilling tax cut lawsuit

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A lawsuit that challenges a new state law that sets Oklahoma’s tax on oil and natural gas production is headed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A Supreme Court referee is scheduled to hear oral presentations Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent. The lawsuit alleges...

  • Cease-fire in Libyan airport fight to battle fire

    Updated: 49 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Militias fighting for control of the airport in Libya's capital agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire to allow firefighters to battle an out-of-control fire at its oil depot, authorities said Tuesday. The cease-fire agreement, reached late Monday night and mediated by the Tripoli City...

  • US home price gains slow for 6th straight month

    Updated: 56 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months, as home sales remain modest. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous...

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    Updated: 58 min ago

    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. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student...

  • Obama dining with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess. Obama's Tuesday night gathering comes roughly 48...

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. Getting relief from a slowdown in...

  • WATCH: Gun Safety Group Pressures Key GOP Senators With Terrifying TV Ad

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The gun safety group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will air a dramatic television ad in three key states and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to pressure key Republican senators to support new gun restrictions for domestic abusers, reports the Huffington Post. The...

  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to stop violence that has killed more than...

  • Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead set against raising the deficit. The bill includes $10 billion in...

  • Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and...

  • $1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. According to new research, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C...

  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty...

  • Veterans bill includes new Tulsa outpatient facility

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Oklahoma lawmakers say a provision in compromise legislation to improve veterans’ health care will give Tulsa more space to accommodate growing demand.

  • Registration deadline is Friday for Oklahoma's Aug. 26 runoff

    Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Voters must register by Friday for Oklahoma’s Aug. 26 primary runoff

  • Oklahoma lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    An interim legislative study will look once again at allowing licensed faculty, staff and students to carry weapons on Oklahoma college campuses. Higher education officials say it would make campuses more dangerous.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin complains to White House about children being housed at Fort Sill

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s governor questions details about the operation to care for children who crossed border illegally and to track them in the United States.

  • Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday. Scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing...

  • US says Russian testing violated 1987 missile treaty, calls breach 'very serious matter'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US says Russian testing violated 1987 missile treaty, calls breach 'very serious matter'

  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United...

  • Texan Castro sworn in as new housing secretary

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been sworn in as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The official ceremony makes Castro one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the government. The brief observance took place Monday at HUD headquarters and was...

  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An agreement announced by the...



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