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  • Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 4:36 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.
  • Quiet on Keystone, Clinton faces sharper attacks from rivals
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 4:32 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."
  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 3:52 pm
    Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.
  • Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 3:20 pm
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
  • 5 things to know about artificial intelligence and its use
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 3:08 pm
    In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers.
  • NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 3:08 pm
    The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday.
  • Christie: Republican primary rivals lack policy specifics
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 2:40 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday chided his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House.
  • What's in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 2:40 pm
    A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the spending was needed even as they complained about the VA's failure to anticipate the problem.
  • House intelligence chairman calls for new Iran assessment
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 2:36 pm
    House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes is asking for additional intelligence assessments related to the nuclear agreement with Iran.
  • Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 2:20 pm
    Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 5 things to know about the fight over the Export-Import Bank
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 2:00 pm
    The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. The bank is a small federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their products overseas, by underwriting loans to foreign customers. Conservatives oppose it as corporate welfare and are pushing to keep it dead. But late Monday the Senate voted 64-29 to add legislation reviving the bank to a sweeping highway bill being considered on the floor.
  • What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 1:56 pm
    The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.
  • Health care spending to accelerate, US report says
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 1:56 pm
    The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.
  • Scott Walker orders American on cheesesteaks, avoiding gaffe
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 1:52 pm
    The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on Tuesday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss.
  • Short-term highway deal punts another fight until fall
    Associated Press | July 28, 2015 1:36 pm
    House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall.