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Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map drawers

Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map drawers

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is casting a skeptical eye on voter-approved commissions that draw a state’s congressional district boundaries. The justices heard argument Monday in an appeal from Arizona Republicans who object to the state’s independent redistricting commission that voters created to reduce political influence in the process. A decision against the commission […]

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Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election

Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congress, says she won’t seek re-election to a sixth term. The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat made the announcement Monday in Baltimore. Mikulski known as a tough, no-nonsense lawmaker who rose to the leadership of the powerful Appropriations Committee. She tells reporters that she’ll still have […]

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4th person dies as result of shootings in North Carolina

4th person dies as result of shootings in North Carolina

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Another person has died from injuries suffered in a shooting spree in North Carolina, bringing the death toll to four, including the suspected killer. Multiple media outlets report 36-year-old Ventura Sanchez died Sunday of injuries suffered in a shooting Saturday at a mobile home park. Sanchez was found in a car […]

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Federal judge blocks Nebraska’s gay marriage ban

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal judge has blocked Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the state to not enforce its ban. Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state’s voter-backed ban. Last week, Bataillon heard […]

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US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January

US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity. The Commerce Department says construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December. Spending on home construction rose 0.6 percent but spending on nonresidential projects […]

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US manufacturing slows as output and hiring weaken

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories expanded last month at the weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index slipped to 52.9 in February from 53.5 in January. It was the fourth straight drop and […]

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Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – The world’s richest person got even richer this year. Forbes says that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. […]

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Buffett says US economy continues growing at moderate rate

Buffett says US economy continues growing at moderate rate

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy continues to improve steadily, and he doesn’t think investors should be disappointed with 2 percent growth each year. Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders over the weekend. He says the growth is clear in reports he […]

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Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income grew, reflecting strong job gains during the month. The Commerce Department says consumer spending fell 0.2 percent in January following a 0.3 percent drop in December. Economists had expected a dip, reflecting a big […]

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McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘delusional’

McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘delusional’

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. John McCain is charging the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “delusional” and says Secretary of State John Kerry’s global diplomacy has “accomplished nothing except mileage.” In an appearance on MSNBC, the Arizona Republican also calls Russian President Vladimir Putin a “meglomaniac” and “pariah.” McCain’s interview came after Kerry held talks in […]

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