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  • Time is running out in Oklahoma to qualify key ballot measures

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Backers of legalized marijuana, school storm shelter measures in Oklahoma must get required signatures by Oct. 20.

  • Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Updated: 24 min ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not improving their lives. Speaking to about 250 donors at a house...

  • Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to proceed

    Updated: 27 min ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood,...

  • Courts issue conflicting decisions on key challenges to Obamacare

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Issue over tax subsidies may ultimately be decided by U.S. Supreme Court. White House says there is no immediate impact on millions of Americans — including an estimated 55,000 Oklahomans — who will receive subsidies to purchase health insurance.

  • Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Updated: 49 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening...

  • US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were...

  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings don't necessarily mean another trip to the...

  • Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs. The government has been searching for solutions since the...

  • Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity during a phone call with the Dutch leader. At the...

  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement. Israeli Prime...

  • Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to go forward in closely watched First Amendment case

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to go forward in closely watched First Amendment case.

  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators...

  • Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternative in the 2016 presidential race. Major speeches...

  • Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency,...

  • Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of...

  • First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink Up" campaign launched in September. The 3 percent...

  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Pass a bill or don't come back from recess," William...

  • Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents show there...

  • Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law. A three-judge panel of the appeals court in Washington said the plain language of the law states that financial aid to help...

  • Senate panel approves Vietnam nuclear agreement

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe. The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam's...

  • Oklahoma legislator doctor wants minors housed at Fort Sill quarantined

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature says state officials are ignoring his request that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow said Tuesday he’s...



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