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Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.

Morgan Stanley paying $275M to settle SEC charges

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle U.S. civil charges that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

House advances lawsuit bill

House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.

Florida judge skeptical about voting map change

A Florida judge says he's "extremely skeptical" about changing the state's congressional districts before the 2014 elections.

Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.

US new-home sales plummet in June

Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

Central American leaders seek solution in US

The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.

Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

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