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AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:53am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. (...)
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House, Senate GOP budgets have differences and similarities

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:29am
Republicans controlling the House and Senate are pushing competing budget plans, though both nonbinding blueprints call for steep cuts to social programs like Medicaid and to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act as the chief means of achieving a small surplus within 10 years. The two plans would boost defense spending by the same level, but they take different approaches on Medicare. (...)
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Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (...)
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Ex-aide of retiring Indiana senator running to replace him

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:59am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A well-connected Republican political operative is the first candidate to formally enter the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana. (...)
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US sees opportunity in Iran's pullback in Iraq

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States persuaded Iraq to sideline Iranian-backed Shiite militias as a condition to American airstrikes in the strategic city of Tikrit, a senior U.S. general said Thursday. The move limits Iran's influence, at least temporarily, and could re-invigorate a ground offensive that U.S. officials said had become stalled under Iranian leadership. (...)
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Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:11am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. (...)
Categories: Politics

US drops graphic leaflet to possible Islamic State recruits

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the northern Syrian city of Raqqah that depict potential Islamic State recruits being fed into a meat grinder. (...)
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Unprecedented sage grouse protection deal signed in Nevada

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:06am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company. (...)
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Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:59am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. (...)
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Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:39am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas. (...)
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Energy Dept revives vehicle loan program after criticism

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:35am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism it funded flops and wasted taxpayer money. (...)
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Unprecedented sage grouse protection deal signed in Nevada

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:25am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company. (...)
Categories: Politics

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews. (...)
Categories: Politics

Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:14am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs. (...)
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Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. (...)
Categories: Politics

US general: Iran-backed Shiite militias not in Tikrit fight

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias have left the northern Iraq city of Tikrit, a key condition the U.S. demanded before it agreed to begin launching airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces and try to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said Thursday. (...)
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Schock says he leaves Congress with sadness, humility

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock said Thursday he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility and vowed to work "tirelessly" to make amends to constituents and others he has let down. (...)
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Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:36am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says proposed new federal rules would protect consumers from being stuck in a cycle of debt. He also warns Republicans that he will veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. (...)
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House speaker invites Japanese leader to address Congress

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHEEN-zoh AH-bay) to address a joint meeting of Congress next month. (...)
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House Roll Call: House approves bipartisan Medicare doc bill

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:15am
The 392-37 roll call Thursday by which the House approved a $214 billion bill permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts. (...)
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