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  • Freshman GOP Rep. Curbelo diagnosed with whooping cough

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo has been diagnosed with whooping cough, a rare and contagious disease that is officially known as pertussis. The freshman Republican has been ill for several weeks with the disease, which still sickens thousands each year. He was diagnosed on...

  • Oklahoma rural hospitals in critical condition

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma hospital consultant calls situation "scary" as rural hospitals work to comply with changing regulations.

  • Appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit over ATM fees

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices at the expense of consumers. The federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that a group of consumers and independent ATM operators could pursue...

  • US factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, and a key category that reflects business investment plans posted a modest rise. But the gains weren't robust enough to suggest that the sluggish manufacturing sector is mounting a significant turnaround. Factory orders advanced 1.8...

  • US factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June, while business investment posts modest gain

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June, while business investment posts modest gain.

  • Senate blocks Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood was blocked Monday after Democrats said Republicans were trying to deny critical health care to millions of women. The bill needed at least 60 votes to advance in the U.S. Senate and received 53.

  • Libyan accused in Benghazi attacks seeks dismissal of case


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant accused in the 2012 Benghazi attacks has asked a judge to dismiss charges against him. Lawyers for Ahmed Abu Khattala argued in court papers Monday that he should be returned to Libya and that his capture by U.S. special forces last year was part of a...

  • VA to review status of Marines affected by tainted water


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will begin reviewing the disability status of Marines who developed cancers and other conditions due to exposure to chemicals that contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune (luh-ZHERN') for more than 30 years. An announcement from VA on...

  • Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity. Touting the plan at a White House ceremony, Obama...

  • Head of US Capitol Police to step down in January


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is planning to retire in January. In a statement late Monday, the U.S. Capitol Police Board said Kim Dine would step down and thanked him for his leadership after more than 2½ years. The Capitol Police are responsible for providing...

  • Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections....

  • 5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lost Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal...

  • Task force urges more research into child autism screening


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents haven't spotted developmental problems — despite screening recommendations from other health groups. Doctors routinely check if youngsters...

  • Senate blocks GOP bill to halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood in mostly party-line vote


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate blocks GOP bill to halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood in mostly party-line vote.

  • US manufacturing growth slows in July


    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories were a little less busy last month. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index slipped to 52.7 last month from 53.5 in June. Economists had expected the index to remain unchanged. Any reading above 50 indicates growth. The index had risen in May...

  • Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around climate change is a way to...

  • US-China nuclear agreement passes congressional review


    WASHINGTON (AP) — An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be renewed for 30 years despite some stiff criticism from lawmakers over the Asian nation's record on nuclear proliferation. A 90-day congressional review period expired on Friday without...

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  • Oklahoma governor says she is opposed to emission cut plan

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at Oklahoma power plants because it will likely increase electricity costs for consumers. Fallin said Monday Obama's "Clean Power Plan" represents one of the most...

  • US Treasury estimates $552 billion in borrowing this year


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday estimated that it will end up borrowing $552 billion for the current budget year, the lowest total in eight years. The Treasury's borrowing estimate covers the budget year that began last October and will end on Sept. 31. The figure would be a...

  • US begins armed drone flights from Turkey


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the...



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