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  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 11:21 am
    A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.
  • Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 11:20 am
    The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 11:12 am
    The White House says President Barack Obama's budget will propose spending $74 billion more than current spending caps. That would be an increase of about 7 percent.
  • Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 10:52 am
    Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports.
  • US officials: 3 US contractors killed in Afghan shooting
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 10:36 am
    U.S. defense officials say three American contractors were shot to death by a gunman in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
  • Bill calls for end to travel ban to Cuba
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 10:09 am
    A bipartisan group of senators wants to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to go to Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation.
  • Almost half of US households exhaust their salaries
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 8:56 am
    The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.
  • US unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 6:00 am
    The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.
  • US sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 12:48 am
    Not only does a feature of a popular Google Inc. mobile app put police officers' lives in danger, it also interferes with law enforcement's ability to carry out its speeding ticket mission, a leading group of sheriffs said Wednesday.
  • Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 12:40 am
    Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn't.
  • FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
    Associated Press | January 29, 2015 12:36 am
    Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.
  • Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 9:18 pm
    The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.
  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 6:04 pm
    Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
  • Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 5:32 pm
    Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic credentials.
  • S&P close to $1.37B deal over risky mortgage bond ratings
    Associated Press | January 28, 2015 4:16 pm
    Standard & Poor's is close to a $1.37 billion settlement with the Obama administration and U.S. states over allegations it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis.
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