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  • New chief to oversee DC fire dept. after Metro accident
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 3:00 pm
    Washington, D.C.'s mayor has named a new fire chief to take control of a department roundly criticized for poor service, including its response to a fatal subway accident in January.
  • Franken skipping Netanyahu speech
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 2:56 pm
    Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday
  • New FDA official inherits raft of projects, challenges
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 2:32 pm
    One of the nation's leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency's No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products.
  • Foreign talks to Congress often a yawn, but not Netanyahu's
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 1:52 pm
    Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday wouldn't cause such a fuss.
  • Bipartisan letter in House raises concerns over Iran talks
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 1:44 pm
    The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee are circulating a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama highlighting concerns about a prospective deal the U.S. and its partners are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • For Israeli leader, blocking Iran deal a matter of legacy
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 1:36 pm
    En route to what he described as a "fateful mission," Benjamin Netanyahu spent much of his 12-hour flight to Washington slouched in a business class seat laboring over a draft of his highly anticipated address to Congress. In the back of the plane, the rest of the delegation was watching "The Imitation Game," a biopic of British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped break the Germans' Enigma code and aided the allies' victory in World War II.
  • Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 12:57 pm
    The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says.
  • Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 12:25 pm
    President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force.
  • High court weighs limits on child abuse evidence
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 12:05 pm
    The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.
  • Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map boards
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 11:57 am
    The Supreme Court, unwilling to limit partisan influence in redistricting in earlier cases, now seems poised to stop states that have tried to take matters into their own hands by removing map-drawing power from elected lawmakers.
  • Possible elements in an Iran nuclear deal
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 11:52 am
    U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks are the biggest source of tension in the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • House Speaker to give Israeli leader bust of Churchill
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 11:29 am
    House Speaker John Boehner plans to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bust of Winston Churchill when he speaks Tuesday to a joint meeting of Congress about the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran.
  • High court nixes quick release of health care argument audio
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 10:48 am
    The Supreme Court is saying no to calls for the speedy release of the audio of Wednesday's high-stakes argument about tax subsidies that are critical to President Barack Obama's health overhaul.
  • Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 10:32 am
    Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption.
  • White House: Funding debacle shows GOP's failed leadership
    Associated Press | March 02, 2015 10:13 am
    The White House says the one-week extension of Homeland Security funding passed by Congress reflects the "failed leadership" of Republicans in Congress.