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Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – With weeks to go before a key surveillance law expires, leading Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The bill by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and […]

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High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is making it easier for people to sue the federal government for negligence. The justices, voting 5-4, ruled in two cases Wednesday that the deadlines for filing such lawsuits can be extended if plaintiffs tried their best to comply or simply failed to learn about important information before a […]

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New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City is set to mark Earth Day today by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by more than 3 million tons by 2030. The Zero Waste plan will include an overhaul and expansion of the city’s recycling program and provide incentives to businesses and residents to […]

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Penalty phase begins in Boston

Penalty phase begins in Boston

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

BOSTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors have begun laying out the government’s case for executing convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Tuesday, the prosecution described Tsarnaev as a man who didn’t care that he had killed four people, including the police officer shot during the manhunt. The defense contends that the 21-year-old’s older brother masterminded […]

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Senate panel set to back fast-track trade bill Obama seeks

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel is expected to advance one of President Barack Obama’s top trade initiatives despite strong opposition from labor unions and other left-leaning groups. The Senate Finance Committee is to vote on legislation that would continue to allow the president to send to Congress trade deals that it can endorse or […]

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Anti-human trafficking bill expected to pass Senate

Anti-human trafficking bill expected to pass Senate

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan bill aimed at helping the victims of sex trafficking is expected to pass the Senate today, now that lawmakers have ended a dispute over abortion that sidetracked the bill for weeks. Its approval also clears the way for a vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. Her nomination was put […]

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At Everglades, Obama to warn of damage from climate neglect

At Everglades, Obama to warn of damage from climate neglect

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida’s Everglades today to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation’s environmental treasures – and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it. Obama’s trip to the swampy wetlands is timed to coincide […]

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Toyota to ask for lower jury award, new trial in fatal crash

Toyota to ask for lower jury award, new trial in fatal crash

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A federal judge will hear arguments on whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be granted a new trial or pay less than the $11 million awarded to plaintiffs in a fatal crash in Minnesota. A jury in February determined that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the 2006 crash that killed three […]

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Number of Iowa chickens to be killed due to bird flu lower

Number of Iowa chickens to be killed due to bird flu lower

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The number of chickens at a northwest Iowa farm that will need to be killed because of the bird flu virus has been reduced to 3.8 million. Sunrise Farms announced Tuesday that it houses 3.8 million laying hens, all of which will need to be killed after a routine test […]

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CDC: 10 listeria illnesses now linked to Blue Bell foods

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

HOUSTON (AP) – Federal regulators say they’re now aware of 10 listeria illnesses linked to ice cream and other products made by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries over the last five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously reported eight illnesses from Kansas and Texas, including three deaths in Kansas. The agency said […]

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