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  • USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years. The U.S. Agency for International Development suspended awards to Arlington,...

  • Gibbs doesn't remember talk of deflated footballs in past


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs said he was shocked when he learned the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game. The Hall of Fame coach said Monday he never heard of anything...

  • Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That's short of the 60...

  • Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with...

  • Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to...

  • Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago. A spokesman said the surgery was successful and doctors are...

  • Quadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys? Sometimes it's very hard to distinguish between the two. It's really depends on the particular...

  • 5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized...

  • Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system. "It is in our common interest to build a health...

  • Oklahoma City police arrest Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger on Thursday night

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Doerflinger was arrested on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

  • VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions. The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service...

  • FDA names Duke cardiologist to No. 2 leadership job


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has named a prominent Duke University cardiologist to its No. 2 leadership position, tasked with overseeing drugs, medical devices and tobacco products. Dr. Robert Califf currently serves as a vice chancellor at Duke where his work has focused...

  • House bill on border security sidetracked


    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have sidetracked legislation to secure the U.S.-Mexican border that is drawing opposition from some conservatives who say it does too little to stem illegal immigration. A spokesman says the decision was made to remove the bill from the weekly schedule...

  • AP source: Apparent drone operator tells Secret Service he didn't mean to fly near White House


    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Apparent drone operator tells Secret Service he didn't mean to fly near White House.

  • Dropkick Murphys ask Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stop using their music

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    You know presidential campaign season is underway when bands start slamming candidates with opposing political views for using their music, The Journal Sentinel reports. This time, it's Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys who have a beef with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (not...

  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists


    WASHINGTON (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of...

  • Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while. Though the U.S. economy has steadily improved, inflation has dipped further below the Fed's target rate....

  • The first shot: Clinton vs. Palin

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    It’s a political junkie’s dream: Sarah Palin versus Hillary Rodham Clinton. And it’s happening. Two days after Sarah Palin said she is considering a bid and held up a “Ready for Hillary” car magnet during her weekend address at an Iowa conservatives convention, the group took the bait and...

  • Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers. Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday wrote the court's opinion that threw out a judgment in favor of the...

  • High court declines to review Oklahoma case against Affordable Care Act

    Chris Casteel | Yesterday

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider Oklahoma’s case against Affordable Care Act subsidies as part of the justices’ review of the issue. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt had asked the court to pair the state’s case with one from Virginia. In that case, a federal appeals...

  • I'm coming out as gay, says married Army general

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    A British Army general who is secretly gay plans to reveal his sexuality after being angered by a colleague’s warning that such an admission would amount to career suicide. In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, the general – who is married with children – takes issue with the Army’s...



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