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Senate delays vote on bipartisan bill on Medicare doc fees

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-run Senate has delayed giving final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation permanently blocking Medicare cuts for physicians until next month. The GOP-led House approved the $214 billion bill Thursday, moving Congress close to resolving a problem that has long plagued it. That 392-37 vote, plus President Barack Obama’s endorsement of the […]

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GOP-controlled Senate OKs budget plan

GOP-controlled Senate OKs budget plan

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade. The vote was 52-46 after a marathon session lasting until after 3 a.m. The House approved a slightly different […]

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Pocan bill would repeal Patriot Act

Pocan bill would repeal Patriot Act

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network Wisconsin congressman Mark Pocan is pushing for wholesale repeal of the 2001 Patriot Act. Pocan, a Democrat from Madison, and U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act. The bill would abolish the entire Patriot Act, along with the FISA Amendment Act of 2008, which contains […]

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Sheriff: Florida teen kills 1 brother, wounds another

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) – A 13-year-old Florida boy shot his brothers during an argument over food, killing a 6-year-old and wounding a 16-year-old before fatally shooting himself inside their mobile home north of Tampa. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says the shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday while their mother was at work and […]

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Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000. The decrease suggests that a recent slowdown in manufacturing, housing starts […]

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Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A National Weather Service meteorologist says it was likely a tornado that struck a mobile home park in a Tulsa suburb, leaving one person dead. Meteorologist Joe Sellers said Thursday that survey teams are going to Sand Springs to confirm whether or not it was a tornado, but that video footage […]

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Prosecutor: Co-pilot wanted to ‘destroy’ plane

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) – A French prosecutor says the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to “destroy the plane.” He says the co-pilot was alone at the controls and “intentionally” sent the plane into the doomed descent. Tuesday’s crash in France killed 144 passengers and […]

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Senator resigns as committee chair after Obama-IS group post

Senator resigns as committee chair after Obama-IS group post

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A Maine state senator who was criticized for a Facebook post that linked President Barack Obama to the Islamic State group is stepping down from his post as chairman of a legislative committee. A Senate Republican spokeswoman says Sen. Michael Willette offered Wednesday to resign his chairmanship on the State and […]

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High court sends Alabama redistricting case back for review

High court sends Alabama redistricting case back for review

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A divided Supreme Court says a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts. The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines Wednesday in ruling that a three-judge panel did not properly consider whether state officials illegally packed […]

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Obama: Base health care payments on quality, not quantity

Obama: Base health care payments on quality, not quantity

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he’s ready to sign bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare’s doctor payment problem. Obama says he’s got his pen “ready to sign a good bipartisan bill.” Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees. It’s the consequence of a 1990s budget law that Congress has […]

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