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  • Obama to delay immigration action

    2 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate ...

  • Israel PM says expansion of Gaza assault possible

    4 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. ...

  • Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    4 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"World leaders calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jul/18/world-leaders-calls-ukraine-cease-fire-after-crash/"}] WASHINGTON — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a ...

  • Congress passes bill to help retrain workers

    5 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Congress approved a bill today to modernize workforce development programs, which in Nevada help train job-seekers for new industries and provide educational opportunities for workers. Congress last addressed workforce programs 16 years ago, so lawmakers praised the new legislation for ...

  • Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June’s end

    5 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people ...

  • Reid accused of illegal campaigning to help Flores

    5 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) The Clark County Republican Party is accusing Sen. Harry Reid of breaking campaign finance laws in his zeal to get fellow Democrat Lucy Flores elected lieutenant governor. County GOP Chairman Dave McKeon said in a complaint filed Friday with the ...

  • Utah senator: Gay marriage will be law of the land

    5 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's obvious gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. Hatch says people who can't see what's happening aren't living in the real world. He made the remarks ...

  • House Dems to participate in Benghazi probe

    6 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) House Democrats will participate in the special, Republican-led select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, despite serious concerns within the party that the inquiry is an election-year ploy to energize core GOP voters. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ...

  • Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

    6 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers — or regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars with defective ignition switches. In each of ...

  • Republicans linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid in fight for majority

    7 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and ...

  • Kathleen Sebelius, architect of Obamacare, resigning Cabinet post

    7 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Sebelius' resignation comes ...

  • Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

    7 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully. The ...

  • High court voids overall federal campaign contribution limits

    7 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans ...

  • US Congress backs bills to aid Ukraine

    8 months ago

    (AP) The U.S. Congress spoke with one voice against Russia's annexation of Crimea, overwhelmingly backing legislation in the House and Senate to aid cash-strapped Ukraine and punish Russia in a show of solidarity with President Barack Obama. On a voice vote ...

  • BofA to spend $9.33 billion in FHFA settlement

    8 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The agency sued 18 financial institutions in September 2011 over their ...

  • Feds accused of steering funding to anti-pot researchers

    8 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) As the nation’s only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of ...

  • As trade talks begin, Europe wants its Parmesan back

    8 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like ...

  • Source: Debbie Dingell to seek husband's Michigan House seat

    9 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Debbie Dingell will run for the House seat currently held by her husband, John, who announced this week that he would retire after the longest congressional career in history, a Democratic official said Tuesday. Debbie Dingell, ...

  • Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

    9 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the United States, the White House ...

  • House conservatives rule out immigration reform this year

    9 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting the GOP should wait until next year when the party also might control the Senate. House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles ...

  • Hagel ordering full review of nuclear force

    10 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) Citing a string of setbacks in the nuclear missile force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned senior military leaders to discuss serious personnel problems and other missteps that "threaten to jeopardize" public trust. In a memo Thursday to top Pentagon officials, ...

  • Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    10 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) HONOLULU — The Obama administration is announcing a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims ...

  • Nude dance clubs, NV Energy's taxes and school uniforms lead off state Supreme Court cases for 2014

    10 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) The Nevada Supreme Court will open 2014 with appeals from Las Vegas erotic dancing clubs, a killer on death row and a dispute over school uniforms. The court will conduct hearings in Carson City from Jan. 6-8 on 13 cases ...

  • Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

    11 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn's rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip ...

  • White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

    11 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, officials said Friday, the same day a review board sent the White House more than 40 recommendations ...

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