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  • IMF: China, tumbling commodity prices threaten world economy
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 5:08 pm
    China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday.
  • Reporters face subpoenas in case over CIA head's resignation
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 4:52 pm
    A couple suing over leaks in the federal investigation that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation intend to subpoena at least two journalists in an attempt to compel testimony about their sources, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 4:32 pm
    Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.
  • Texas clinics file Supreme Court appeal of abortion law
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 4:04 pm
    Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 3:04 pm
    The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers.
  • Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 2:52 pm
    Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle.
  • Police seize over 260 pounds of synthetic drugs worth $2.3M
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 2:16 pm
    District of Columbia police say they've made the largest seizure of synthetic drugs in the city's history -- more than 260 pounds. That's a street value of roughly $2.3 million.
  • Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 1:40 pm
    Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.
  • Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 1:12 pm
    The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the majority of Americans who support gay marriage.
  • Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 12:36 pm
    A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.
  • US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in April-June quarter
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 12:12 pm
    U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.
  • Federal agencies asked to allow telework during Pope's visit
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 10:32 am
    The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal agencies to allow teleworking during the pope's visit to Washington to cut down on traffic.
  • Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 10:28 am
    More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.
  • Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 10:28 am
    It would be hard enough to count all of the trees in a forest. Imagine counting all of the trees on Earth.
  • House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing
    Associated Press | September 02, 2015 9:24 am
    The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue.