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Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close. (...)
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US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. (...)
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Speaker invites Obama for State of the Union

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:13am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20. (...)
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Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:53am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress. (...)
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5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference. (...)
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US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:41pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. (...)
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EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:39pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. (...)
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For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:30pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? (...)
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US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:23pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross. (...)
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It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. (...)
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US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:19pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional audit says the federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment. (...)
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