Some details about a Homeland Security shutdown

Some details about a Homeland Security shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Spending for the Homeland Security Department expiresFriday at midnight if Congress doesn’t act before then. With lawmakers at loggerheads over immigration provisions in the agency’s annual funding bill, it’s not certain how the Capitol Hill … Read Full Story

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Republicans critical of Obama’s ‘amnesty bonuses’

Republicans critical of Obama’s ‘amnesty bonuses’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama’s executive actions could get a windfall from the IRS, a reversal of fortune after years of paying taxes to help fund government programs they were banned from receiving.

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U.S. officials to join Portuguese counterparts in “intensified consultations” about Lajes

U.S. officials to join Portuguese counterparts in “intensified consultations” about Lajes

LISBON — American officials plan to join their Portuguese counterparts in “intensified consultations” aimed at ensuring the decision to streamline the U.S. presence at Lajes is implemented as “thoughtfully as possible,” according to a prepared statement released Feb. 13 by … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island’s senators call on Congress to fund the DHS

Rhode Island’s senators call on Congress to fund the DHS

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – The state’s senators are calling on Congress to fully fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because emergency officials in Rhode Island rely on the funding.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse say the … Read Full Story

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Senate approves ex-Mass. official Botticelli as US drug czar

Senate approves ex-Mass. official Botticelli as US drug czar

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve as U.S. drug “czar” won unanimous approval in the Senate Monday as lawmakers vowed to curb an epidemic that results in more than 40,000 deaths a year from overdoses of prescription … Read Full Story

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What’s happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

What’s happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

WASHINGTON (AP) – Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency’s annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department’s budget will shut off.

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US Sen. Markey: Car makers need to boost wireless security

US Sen. Markey: Car makers need to boost wireless security

BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is highlighting what he says are security and privacy gaps in the nation’s cars and trucks.

The Massachusetts Democrat released a report Monday outlining his concerns, including cars with wireless technologies that may … Read Full Story

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In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the stage for an oration by an outspoken pontiff whose views … Read Full Story

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Driver panic, confusion common in path of oncoming train

Driver panic, confusion common in path of oncoming train

NEW YORK (AP) – Your car is trapped between the crossing gates, and a train is speeding down the tracks, its horn blaring, its lights blazing in your direction.

What do you do?

Hit the gas pedal and crash through … Read Full Story

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How Obama would spend your money in 2016, agency by agency

How Obama would spend your money in 2016, agency by agency

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sure, $4 trillion sounds like a lot.

But it goes fast when your budget stretches from aging highways to medical care to space travel and more.

Here’s an agency-by-agency look at how President Barack Obama would spend … Read Full Story

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State of the Union: Highlights from Obama’s address

State of the Union: Highlights from Obama’s address

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class as he urged Americans to turn the page on years of economic woes and hard-fought wars in his sixth … Read Full Story

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New Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama’s policies

New Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama’s policies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.

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US unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban

US unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments … Read Full Story

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Security experts offer online shopping tips

Security experts offer online shopping tips

As Americans spend billions on holiday shopping this month, online security experts say a little caution can go a long way when it comes to avoiding identity theft.

“In general online shopping is good. It’s safe for the most part, … Read Full Story

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House GOP sues administration over health care law

House GOP sues administration over health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program.

GOP lawmakers filed the lawsuit … Read Full Story

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Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A pontiff who has long championed humble acts – sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy – is coming to the City … Read Full Story

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House speaker, next Senate leader natural allies

House speaker, next Senate leader natural allies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell joined House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio on Thursday at the pinnacle of the congressional and Republican power structures in Washington – two establishment deal-cutters, each on occasion frustrated by the other’s inability … Read Full Story

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The day after: Obama, GOP in new political dynamic

The day after: Obama, GOP in new political dynamic

WASHINGTON (AP) – A weakened President Barack Obama and emboldened Republican leaders in Congress began adjusting to a new political dynamic Wednesday after voters coast to coast used the midterm elections to sharpen the dividing lines in an already … Read Full Story

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