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Obama raises bar on cutting coal emissions

posted: 08/04/2015 5:20 a.m. Comments 3

President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled an aggressive plan to limit greenhouse gases emitted by the nation's power plants, declaring that time was running out to thwart the most dangerous effects of global climate change.

Senate blocks GOP cut of Planned Parenthood

posted: 08/04/2015 5:14 a.m. Comments 2

The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

In the news

posted: 08/04/2015 5:07 a.m. Discuss

Daniel “Boone” Fuller, 50, who had been sitting atop a St. Louis billboard since July 9 after vowing he would stay up there until the city went a week without a homicide, has climbed down from his perch, even though two killings on Sunday morning left him a few hours from a full slaying-free week.

Puerto Rico fails to pay up $58M

posted: 08/04/2015 5:04 a.m. Comment 1

The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment, a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.

U.N. sets global goals for 2030

posted: 08/04/2015 4:59 a.m. Discuss

The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

Names and Faces

posted: 08/04/2015 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Defendant shot dead outside Mississippi courthouse

posted: 08/04/2015 4:54 a.m. Discuss

A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said.

GOP's '16 hopefuls meet in N.H.

posted: 08/04/2015 4:49 a.m. Discuss

The Republican Party's presidential candidates called for aggressive steps to stop illegal immigration during a forum in New Hampshire on Monday night.

Bush lays out border-security priorities

posted: 08/04/2015 4:49 a.m. Discuss

Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.

Benghazi suspect pleads for return to Libya

posted: 08/04/2015 4:45 a.m. Discuss

The man charged with leading the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans asked a federal judge Monday to return him to Libya, alleging that his seizure and interrogation "outrageously" violated U.S. constitutional standards for due process.

The nation in brief: Suspect in Memphis shooting surrenders

posted: 08/04/2015 4:44 a.m. Discuss

An ex-convict accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal surrendered Monday, ending a two-day manhunt, a spokesman for a U.S. attorney said.

Noteworthy deaths: Reagan running mate, health secretary

posted: 08/04/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Former Sen. Richard Schweiker, a liberal Pennsylvania Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served in his Cabinet, has died. He was 89.

Theater gunman's jury rejects insanity defense

posted: 08/04/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Jurors on Monday moved a step closer to sentencing James Holmes to death for his attack on a Colorado movie theater, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student's mental illness means he should not die.

Business news in brief: U.S. fiscal-year borrowing put at $552B

posted: 08/04/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The Treasury Department estimates that it will end up borrowing $552 billion for the current budget year, the lowest total in eight years.

Obama to set stricter limits on emissions

posted: 08/03/2015 5:30 a.m. Comments 6

President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.

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