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Countries Move To Evacuate Citizens As Libya Fighting Escalates

CAIRO — More countries moved to evacuate their citizens Thursday from Libya where the fighting between rival militias was escalating. The Libyan Health Ministry said that 179 people were killed in clashes in the capital Tripoli and the flashpoint eastern city of Benghazi in the last week alone. The current wave of violence sweeping the […]

Border Crisis Bill Derails In House Amid Cruz-Inspired Disarray

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border — but Republican Senator Ted Cruz made his job impossible. Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve […]

Panther Comeback In Florida Means Lost Cattle For Ranchers, Study Finds

The Florida panther nearly died out in the 1990s, but conservation efforts since then have more than quadrupled the number of the endangered cats — and research shows that may be bad news for cattle ranchers. For centuries, more than 1,000 panthers, also known as cougars and mountain lions, roamed what is now Florida, until […]

CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers, Agency Finds

WASHINGTON — CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency’s now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined. Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office “include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with […]

Fed Stays Course On Policy But Acknowledges Rising Inflation

(MCT) — Despite the economic rebound and sharp drop in the unemployment rate recently, Federal Reserve officials still see considerable weakness in the labor market and remain very cautious about moving away from their easy-money policy. The Fed, in a statement after its two-day meeting Wednesday, said it would continue to trim the size of […]

Bipartisan Bill Would Tighten Rules On Campus Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A bipartisan group of Senators on Wednesday introduced legislation to streamline how colleges handle cases of sexual assault. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would increase penalties for colleges that break Federal laws and, among other provisions, mandate that they establish confidential advocates on all campuses for students affected by sexual violence. […]

In Campaign Mode, Obama Slams Republicans For ‘Hating All The Time’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Having apparently given up on charm, golf and persuasion, President Barack Obama on Wednesday went for taunting sarcasm in his long-fruitless attempt to persuade Republicans to work with him. In a campaign-style speech in Kansas City, Mo., a loose and grinning Obama ribbed his political opponents as “mad all the time” and […]

U.S. Economy Grows At Scorching 4 Percent In 2nd Quarter

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The much-stronger-than-expected 4 percent rate of annual U.S. economic growth from April through June, reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department, put to rest fears that the U.S. economy was slipping into low gear. Offsetting a dismal start to the year, the economy grew at a sizzling rate in the second quarter, powered […]

Obama Worries About Wealth Gap In Kansas City Speech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (MCT) — President Barack Obama worked to rally public support for his economic policies Wednesday in a speech that expressed worry about the Nation’s gap between rich and poor. He ticked off a range of successes he sees in the economy, including encouraging growth numbers released earlier in the day. He noted […]

House Approves $16.3 Billion Veterans Affairs Overhaul Bill

WASHINGTON (MCT) — By a 420-5 vote, the House on Wednesday approved a $16.3 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and speed up veterans’ access to healthcare. The reform measure still needs to be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the President’s desk. Lawmakers have been racing to […]


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