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  • Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Updated: 16 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: 17 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: 17 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: 17 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: 18 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: 18 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: 18 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...

  • Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and...

  • Ex-Blackwater guard says didn't feel threatened

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The defense team in the Blackwater trial attacked the testimony of a key prosecution witness Thursday, telling a jury that the witness lied to federal investigators even after he had sworn to tell the truth in an effort to win leniency in the case surrounding the killings of 14...

  • NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade. Space agency officials Thursday unveiled seven instruments they plan to put on a Martian rover that would launch in 2020, including two devices aimed at bigger Mars missions in the future....

  • Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety? Rep. John Mica, a...

  • Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign. Three days after new Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian...

  • Marion Barry's son jailed after latest arrest

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Court documents show the only son of former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has been jailed after he was caught driving on a revoked license. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Barry has had several recent brushes with the law, including an arrest in May near the White...

  • Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World | Yesterday

    Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World...

  • Oklahoma abortion restriction is similar to one blocked in Mississippi

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Federal appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion restriction law with similarities to one in Oklahoma

  • Lawyer is gone from Oklahoma attorney general's office after giving bad advice to commission

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The assistant attorney general blamed for giving incorrect Open Meeting Act advice to to the Workers’ Compensation Commission no longer works for the attorney general and will no longer be advising the commission.

  • Louisiana Republican Flees Interview When Asked About Obama's Birthplace

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A Republican congressional candidate fled her interview with a major election-forecasting group after being asked why she believed global warming was a hoax and whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States, according to Business Insider. In the Post, David Wasserman, the House...

  • US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    GOVERNMENT Court overturns abortion law MISSISSIPPI Jackson — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2-1 ruling in a case...

  • Lawsuit challenges bill changing Oklahoma's production tax

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Oklahoma Supreme Court referee takes oral arguments on lawsuit challenging oil and gas production measure

  • Five file wrongful termination lawsuit against Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Five former employees have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission in the July 9 dismissal of 16 employees, saying the commission violated the state’s Open Meeting Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act.



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