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GOP: House to vote on Homeland bill without conditions

GOP: House to vote on Homeland bill without conditions

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans say the House will vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to fully fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without immigration restrictions. Facing dwindling options, Speaker John Boehner outlined the situation for rank-and-file GOP members during a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday morning. Lawmakers and […]

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Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 6 pct US sales gain

Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 6 pct US sales gain

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 6 percent U.S. sales gain last month, a sign that the customers brushed off the snow and continued to buy cars. The company sold nearly 164,000 cars and trucks to post its best February in eight years. Chrysler […]

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O’Malley won’t seek Mikulski seat, keeps White House option

O’Malley won’t seek Mikulski seat, keeps White House option

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a statement Tuesday, O’Malley praised Mikulski’s service and says he expects that “very […]

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Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as they did last week, members of Congress are looking at a midnight Friday deadline to approve a spending bill for the Homeland Security Department. Otherwise there could be a partial shutdown. Right now, a bill is headed back to the House that leaves out restrictions on President Barack Obama’s immigration […]

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Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map drawers

Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map drawers

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is casting a skeptical eye on voter-approved commissions that draw a state’s congressional district boundaries. The justices heard argument Monday in an appeal from Arizona Republicans who object to the state’s independent redistricting commission that voters created to reduce political influence in the process. A decision against the commission […]

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Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election

Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won’t seek re-election

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congress, says she won’t seek re-election to a sixth term. The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat made the announcement Monday in Baltimore. Mikulski known as a tough, no-nonsense lawmaker who rose to the leadership of the powerful Appropriations Committee. She tells reporters that she’ll still have […]

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4th person dies as result of shootings in North Carolina

4th person dies as result of shootings in North Carolina

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Another person has died from injuries suffered in a shooting spree in North Carolina, bringing the death toll to four, including the suspected killer. Multiple media outlets report 36-year-old Ventura Sanchez died Sunday of injuries suffered in a shooting Saturday at a mobile home park. Sanchez was found in a car […]

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Federal judge blocks Nebraska’s gay marriage ban

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal judge has blocked Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the state to not enforce its ban. Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state’s voter-backed ban. Last week, Bataillon heard […]

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US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January

US construction spending down 1.1 percent in January

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity. The Commerce Department says construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December. Spending on home construction rose 0.6 percent but spending on nonresidential projects […]

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US manufacturing slows as output and hiring weaken

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories expanded last month at the weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index slipped to 52.9 in February from 53.5 in January. It was the fourth straight drop and […]

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