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Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:16am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage. (...)
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House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing its charge on energy, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. (...)
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Gitmo officer: limits on female guards puts mission at risk

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:30am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The commander of a top-secret Guantanamo prison housing unit testified Wednesday that two court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of his operation by limiting his staffing options. (...)
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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. (...)
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Gitmo officer: limits on female guards puts mission at risk

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:48am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The commander of a top-secret Guantanamo prison housing unit testified Wednesday that two court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of his operation by limiting his staffing options. (...)
Categories: Politics

State Dept. ready to meet with special committee on Benghazi

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday that officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. (...)
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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:26am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. (...)
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Senate bill: Vets won't trigger employer health law coverage

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under President Barack Obama's health care law. (...)
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Arkansas panel rejects removing Lee from King holiday

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:51am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day has failed before a state House panel. (...)
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Gitmo officer: limits on female guards puts mission at risk

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:48am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army officer at Guantanamo Bay says court orders barring female soldiers from jobs requiring physical contact with Muslim detainees create a safety risk at the U.S. military prison in Cuba by limiting his staffing options. (...)
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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:47am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. (...)
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State Dept: Ready to meet with Gowdy on Benghazi

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:43am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. (...)
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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. (...)
Categories: Politics

House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. (...)
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Female Gitmo guard: no-touch rule diminished me as soldier

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:52am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A female soldier at Guantanamo Bay says an order barring women from jobs that require physical contact with male prisoners makes her feel less of a soldier. (...)
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Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:50am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. (...)
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DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday. (...)
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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. (...)
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DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:37am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes. (...)
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Senate opens hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on Wednesday at confirmation hearings to become the nation's first female black attorney general. (...)
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