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Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Eric Cantor has used his farewell as House majority leader to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he says is rife with instability and terror. The Virginia Republican spoke on the House floor Friday. It was his final day as No. 2 House GOP leader. […]

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GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans have approved a plan to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. The legal action focuses on Obama’s implementation of his health care overhaul. Democrats are calling the vote a stunt. Five conservative Republicans voted with Democrats in opposing […]

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Target names Pepsi’s Cornell as chairman, CEO

Target names Pepsi’s Cornell as chairman, CEO

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada. Cornell replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who is chief financial officer for the Minneapolis company. Mulligan stepped into the interim CEO post in May when […]

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Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring contractors to divulge any labor violations in the past three years when they seek large contracts. The order also requires […]

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Congress races to finish highway bill

Congress races to finish highway bill

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A vote is expected today in the House on a $659 million bill to send resources to the border. The measure would also speed the return back home of unaccompanied Central American minors who have recently surged across the southwest border. And a second vote is planned in an effort to block […]

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Senate to vote on VA bill

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is racing to wrap up legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department ahead of lawmakers’ five-week summer break. A Senate vote today would help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the VA.

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Judge rejects suit by Pa. teacher fired over blog

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago over a blog in which she called students “disengaged, lazy whiners.” Teacher Natalie Munroe had accused the Central Bucks School District and some administrators of violating her free-speech rights by “harassing and retaliating against her” […]

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Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – Officials at Yosemite National Park say a wildfire grew by about a half-mile Wednesday, but firefighters were able to quickly stop it. The California blaze is still about 10 miles from Yosemite’s giant sequoias, which grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live longer […]

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US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The prior week’s was revised down to 279,000 claims, the lowest since May 2000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election. The court upheld the law 5-2 Thursday under a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee […]

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