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  • US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:40 pm
    A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.
  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:36 pm
    A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.
  • Blue moon? Friday's celestial event comes with a catch
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:04 pm
    This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe.
  • Spring rebound for US economy sets stage for Fed rate hike
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:01 pm
    The U.S. economy isn't moving at warp speed, but it looks like it will be strong enough to handle an expected interest rate increase later this year.
  • Meeting unions, Clinton offers support for $12 minimum wage
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 1:21 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn't have enough support.
  • Harlem museum head, Dem fundraisers join Obama library board
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 1:04 pm
    The foundation building President Barack Obama's future library is adding the head of an African-American art museum and two major Democratic fundraisers to its board.
  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 12:16 pm
    Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.
  • Defense secretary calls for review of security policies
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 12:01 pm
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices.
  • US fine-tunes sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 11:40 am
    The Obama administration moved Thursday to update and fine-tune sanctions on Russia, pro-Russian companies and people over the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Bill shores up highway aid, veterans' health care
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 11:20 am
    Congress passed a bill Wednesday to shore up federal aid for highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care.
  • Trump turns golf trip into extension of campaign trail
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 10:57 am
    Donald Trump turned a brief trip to a golf tournament in Scotland into an extension of his presidential campaign trail when he attended the Women's British Open at his plush Turnberry resort on Thursday.
  • Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 10:57 am
    Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.
  • Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 9:48 am
    The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 8:08 am
    Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.
  • US home rental prices rise again in June
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 6:56 am
    U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around major job hubs such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington.