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  • CBO: Debt limit increase not needed until the fall

    Updated: 6 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office says Republicans controlling Congress can probably put off a politically wrenching vote to increase the government's borrowing cap until the fall. That's even though the government can no longer issue Treasury securities after March 15. Instead,...

  • Excerpts from Israeli leader Netanyahu's speech to Congress

    Updated: 9 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday warning against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons: ___ "I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention. I...

  • Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn'

    Updated: 12 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced a new government-wide initiative to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay school. His wife, Michelle, will also visit Japan and Cambodia in a few weeks to promote it. Obama says more than 60 million girls worldwide do not...

  • Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

    Updated: 21 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president's immigration policies. The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign....

  • High-stakes clash at high court over health law subsidies

    Updated: 21 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The case being argued Wednesday focuses on who's eligible for federal tax subsidies intended to make health coverage...

  • Congress sends Obama bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without conditions

    Updated: 23 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sends Obama bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without conditions.

  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?

    Updated: 26 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday. On...

  • AP Exclusive: Airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments

    Updated: 35 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm that explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers overheat. Tests conducted last month by the...

  • Senate GOP tries to repeal NLRB rule on union elections

    Updated: 39 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate have moved to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union. The White House promised to veto the measure just...

  • Hillary Clinton camp fires back over email claims

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman says the former secretary of state did not violate federal records laws by using a personal email account when she was at the State Department, Yahoo News reports.  “Like secretaries of state before her, she used her own email account when engaging with...

  • Bill Clinton's portrait includes shadow of blue dress

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The artist who painted the official White House portrait of President Bill Clinton says he quietly included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — and the infamous blue dress — in his painting, Yahoo News reports. “If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel...

  • FDA warning: men's testosterone drugs overused

    Updated: 48 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue. The agency says drugmakers...

  • Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

    Updated: 56 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials familiar with the report said Tuesday. The report, which could be released as soon...

  • A complication for the Fed: Rate cuts by other central banks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows: They're cutting their own rates. A Fed rate hike that comes as other central banks are reducing theirs would likely boost the U.S....

  • Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President...

  • CEO group: Trade would increase hiring in US

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top business executives are pressing Congress to give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate international trade deals, citing the potential for increased hiring in the United States and greater competitiveness for their companies overseas. In a report Tuesday...

  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu's speech Tuesday. He says "there...

  • Carson launches 2016 exploratory committee

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose to national...

  • Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' in Iran speech to Congress

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' in Iran speech to Congress.

  • Supreme Court allows challenge to Colorado Internet tax law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales taxes from companies outside their borders. The ruling is a win for business...

  • No precedent for Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday wouldn't have caused such a ruckus. But a foreign leader denouncing President Barack Obama's policy from within the grand hall of American democracy upended nearly two centuries of tradition. A...



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