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  • Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    Updated: 12 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination for U.S. ambassador to Russia, but not before a Republican senator blocked the appointment and several others. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi (EN'-zee) of Wyoming has been unhappy with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's...

  • At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

    Updated: 15 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Kay Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics. Nearly five decades after...

  • House Republicans scuttle border crisis bill because of internal divisions

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says the House GOP may try again on Friday to pass a bill addressing the wave of minors crossing the border.

  • Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Updated: 41 min ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon. President Cristina Fernandez and her economy minister both insisted they were open to more...

  • Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 expo center bids come in under estimates

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Tension accompanied the bid opening for Oklahoma City’s planned expo center after last week, when construction offers on Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 whitewater center exceeded what was expected.

  • Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

    Updated: 51 min ago

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday. The series of...

  • FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. The agency already had restricted flights in Iraqi air space to a...

  • Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions. The University of...

  • VP Biden praises Japan's new military policy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries. Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) on Thursday. The White House says the two agreed that...

  • Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal...

  • Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Faring far better, a...

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But...

  • Congress sends highway bill to White House

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill to prevent a 28 percent cut in federal highway and mass transit aid at the height of the summer construction season. The Senate voted Thursday night for a House-passed measure to augment the federal Highway Trust Fund with in infusion of $10.8...

  • Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate easily approved the $16.3 billion compromise measure Thursday night, a day after it was overwhelmingly passed by the...

  • Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink. Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but...

  • Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote. The 50-44 vote Thursday night fell short of the 60 votes needed to waive a point of order raised by Republicans against the $3.5 billion...

  • CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Five agency employees — two lawyers...

  • Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the three-day summit. "We certainly understand the decision that was...

  • Twitter says government data requests growing

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Twitter has published a transparency report that shows an increasing number of data requests from various governments, Circa reports. The report shows the number of government requests for account information, content removal, and copyright requests. However, like previous versions, the...

  • More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied to have their prison sentences cut short in the months since the Justice Department rolled out a new clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press. That figure represents nearly five times the number of...

  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement came hours after...



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