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  • Oklahoma AG's opinion says school prayer ban is overly broad

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a formal opinion that a recently enacted policy prohibiting public prayer at playoff events is overly broad. An opinion released Tuesday by Pruitt addressed a policy approved this summer by the Oklahoma Secondary School...

  • House hardliners prepare to vet candidates for speaker

    Updated: 25 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP hardliners are preparing to interview the three declared candidates for speaker as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tries to hang onto his advantage for the job. McCarthy appears to have the support of most House Republicans. But whether he's able to get the majority...

  • New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered

    Updated: 26 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that it's about to rear-end someone else. There are...

  • VW, with limited lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers probing the company's emissions cheating scandal. The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in Washington...

  • Friends, family, admirers remember Bond in DC memorial

    Updated: 30 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Friends and family of Julian Bond are remembering him as a man who left a lasting, "invaluable imprint" on not only the civil rights movement but on people around the world. Bond's admirers gathered at the Lincoln Theater in Washington on Tuesday. He died in August at age 75...

  • Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat

    Updated: 38 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington. The vote was 73-26, 13 votes more than necessary to break any filibuster. The Senate is...

  • DC considering 16 weeks paid leave for parents, caregivers

    Updated: 42 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New D.C. Council legislation introduced Tuesday would give workers 16 weeks of paid leave in circumstances ranging from the birth of a child to caring for a dying parent. The legislation would allow employees who work in Washington and city residents who work outside the city...

  • Rubio, 2 other GOP senators seek tougher sanctions on NKorea

    Updated: 47 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Republican senators, including presidential candidate Marco Rubio, are proposing new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses. The legislation introduced Tuesday also calls for a U.S. strategy to counter North Korea-related...

  • Chief justice won't delay wage rules for home care workers

    Updated: 54 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts won't hold up new Obama administration regulations that give overtime and minimum wage protections to nearly 2 million home health care workers. Roberts on Tuesday denied an emergency request from three home care industry trade groups...

  • FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator

    Updated: 55 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission. SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized flights between...

  • State Department seeks more work-related emails from Clinton

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is leaning on former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to hand over any additional work-related emails sent using private accounts. In a letter made public in a court filing Tuesday, Under Secretary Patrick F. Kennedy asks Clinton's personal lawyer to once...

  • Korean energy economist to head UN climate science panel

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Korean professor of climate change economics will lead the Nobel Prize-winning group of climate scientists that keeps track of global warming. The United Nations-affiliated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced Tuesday it had elected Hoesung Lee, one of...

  • U.S. government, tribes announce historic settlement worth millions

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    DURANT — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that a $186 million settlement with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations represents an opportunity for the federal government to wipe "a black mark of history" off its record. Jewell said she also hoped the agreement would help establish...

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task — selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public. Obama met with business and agricultural leaders at...

  • US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh....

  • FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will spend $128 million...

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi, Chaffetz differ on burger invite

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just days into his long-shot bid for speaker of the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah is already butting heads with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. At issue is whether or not he's ever invited her out for burgers. The two lawmakers share a birthday: March 26 (Pelosi...

  • Russian entry into Syria's air wars raises worries

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's entry into the crowded and sometimes uncoordinated air wars in Syria is making the U.S. increasingly nervous, reflecting concern at the Pentagon and in Europe about the risk of accidents or unintended conflict. The Russians sent word Tuesday that they are willing to...

  • A look at some of the safety technologies in new cars

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With automakers offering an increasing array of safety technologies, drivers sometimes find themselves struggling to stay up to speed with the systems in their cars. Some of the devices have been around a decade or more but have only become common in the past few years. Others...

  • IMF downgrades forecast for world, emerging market economies

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — China's slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday. In a report Tuesday in advance of the IMF-World Bank annual meetings here this week,...

  • WATCH: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell's address to Choctaw, Chickasaw nations

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Watch Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell address the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations Tuesday morning in Durant, Oklahoma.



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