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  • State Dep't: 4 Americans dead in Nepal quick, 2 identified
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 11:32 am
    The State Department says at least four Americans have died in Nepal's earthquake.
  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 11:27 am
    Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes.
  • Compromise GOP budget hikes war funds, targets 'Obamacare'
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 10:57 am
    House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon.
  • Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 10:20 am
    Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.
  • White House unveils blue-trimmed Barack Obama state china
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 10:16 am
    The White House on Monday unveiled the official state china service of President Barack Obama's administration, an 11-piece setting trimmed in a hue of blue that was inspired by the waters of his native state of Hawaii. The china will immediately be put into service at Tuesday's state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Kerry, Zarif set for nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 10:09 am
    The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies.
  • US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 9:04 am
    The Pentagon says two teams of U.S. Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts.
  • With economy uncertain, no Fed rate hike is seen before fall
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 8:36 am
  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 7:00 am
    The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran, offering Republican presidential candidates a chance to prove their hawkishness toward Iran and support for Israel.
  • High court to consider time limits for discrimination claims
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 6:48 am
    The Supreme Court will consider a dispute over the time limits for filing certain claims of employment discrimination.
  • High court rejects appeal from protester at military base
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 6:48 am
    The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a man who was convicted of protesting outside a military base in California.
  • Clinton Foundation acknowledges mistakes in revealing donors
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 12:32 am
    The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors, saying that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are "stronger than ever."
  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 12:32 am
    Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.
  • Q&A: Issues, possible legal outcomes in gay marriage cases
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 12:29 am
    Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
  • House rebels blame GOP leaders for falling contributions
    Associated Press | April 27, 2015 12:20 am
    As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests.