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Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

McALLEN, Texas (AP) – A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that’s up 14 points since May. Fifty-one percent of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally are treated the same as […]

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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. McDonald, 61, of Cincinnati, was unanimously approved to replace Acting […]

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Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off. The course had been advertised as a way to feel confident in meetings, when one might need to […]

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Tax challenge to Obamacare rejected

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act. The Pacific Legal Foundation and a small-business owner, Matt Sissel, argued that the Affordable Care Act is a bill […]

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US consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July

US consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July

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WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years. The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. The July reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. It was […]

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Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic ‘scam’

Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic ‘scam’

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November’s mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote. […]

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Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. The bill is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, […]

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House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal year, far smaller than the […]

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Appeals court allows Sept. 11 steel cross display

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NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group that wanted to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sided with a federal judge’s ruling last year that the decision to include […]

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Conn. man cleared in killing seeks compensation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A man who was imprisoned 21 years for a rape and murder he didn’t commit is set to testify at a first-ever Connecticut hearing to determine how much he should be compensated. Kenneth Ireland was jailed when he was 18 and released in 2009 at age 39, after DNA tests. He’s […]

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