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Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms

Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation today to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of […]

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Obama considers large-scale move on immigration

Obama considers large-scale move on immigration

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House officials are making plans to act before November’s midterm elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants in this country illegally. The move could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama. Advocates and lawmakers who’ve been in touch […]

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Texan Castro sworn in as new housing secretary

Texan Castro sworn in as new housing secretary

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been sworn in as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The official ceremony makes Castro one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the government. The brief observance took place Monday at HUD headquarters and was administered by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts of […]

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After 6 weeks, a deal on VA health care

After 6 weeks, a deal on VA health care

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees will today unveil a plan expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, […]

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Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago. […]

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Crews increase containment on California wildfire

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials are optimistic they may soon have the upper hand on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California that has led to evacuation orders for more about 1,200 people. After growing rapidly since it began on Friday, crews were able to hold the Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada […]

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Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says Medicare’s finances have improved. The program’s hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 – four years later than last year’s estimate. Social Security’s massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger. The disability trust fund is now projected to run […]

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Obama to attend UN climate summit in September

Obama to attend UN climate summit in September

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will attend a United Nations summit on climate change in September. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to […]

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Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 kids

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police say a vehicle that had been carjacked plowed into a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. Homicide Capt. James Clark says a woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the Tioga section of north Philadelphia on Friday morning by two men […]

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House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants

House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a bill that would gradually increase the child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes. But millions of low-income families would lose the $1,000-a-child credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire. The bill also aims to […]

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