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AG nominee faces senators, promises independent stance

updated: 01/29/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 2

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama on Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of illegal aliens.

Democrats caution GOP on funding bill

updated: 01/29/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Senate Democrats are increasing pressure on majority Republicans to abandon plans to block President Barack Obama's immigration orders as a condition of funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Gold-suit fugitive nabbed in Florida

posted: 01/29/2015 4:01 a.m. Discuss

A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history

U.S. ready to raise pressure on Russia

updated: 01/28/2015 11:54 p.m. Discuss

The United States said it's ready to intensify pressure against Russia for supporting rebels who have stepped up attacks on Ukrainian troops as the European Union tussled over new sanctions in the face of opposition from Greece.

Ex-Sen. Nelson again focus of challenge to insurance law

posted: 01/29/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

The challengers in the latest Supreme Court battle over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act point to former Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as evidence of their claim that Congress intended that tax credits go only to qualified recipients in states that had established their own insurance exchanges.

Taken for dead, Bart the cat claws out of its grave

posted: 01/29/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

The nation in brief

updated: 01/29/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch.” Loretta Lynch, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, answering a senator’s question at a confirmation hearing where Republicans criticized current Attorney General Eric Holder

Names and faces

updated: 01/29/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Selma star David Oyelowo has voiced his support for fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who came under criticism for using the term "colored" in an interview. Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, said at the film's European premiere in London on Tuesday that people should focus on what Cumberbatch was saying rather than the terminology he used.

In the news

updated: 01/29/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Jesse Ventura, the ex-Minnesota governor who won a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL protagonist in the movie American Sniper, told The Associated Press from his winter home in Baja California, Mexico, that he won't see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.

Lashed from all sides, college-savings revision dropped

updated: 01/28/2015 4:29 a.m. Comments 3

The White House is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans after a backlash from Republicans and Democrats, officials said Tuesday.

Obama, 30-person delegation drop in to see new Saudi king

posted: 01/28/2015 4:24 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama left Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the new Saudi leader on the issues roiling the region, including battling Islamic State extremists and the upheaval in neighboring Yemen.

Drilling proposal adds prized Atlantic waters

updated: 01/28/2015 4:22 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday announced a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling.

Papers show secret court's wiretap OK

posted: 01/28/2015 4:21 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge issued a top-secret ruling in 2007 that the USAPATRIOT Act empowered the National Security Agency to collect foreigners' emails and phone calls from domestic networks without prior judicial approval, newly declassified documents show.

Obama budgets $534B for military, up 8%

posted: 01/28/2015 4:18 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a nearly 8 percent funding boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, documents show.

Boehner calls 2 bills 'stumbles'

posted: 01/28/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged Tuesday that Republicans have experienced a "couple of stumbles" on abortion and border security bills that have triggered disagreement among rank-and-file GOP members.

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