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  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by...

  • House leaders abandon border bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they called an urgent meeting to plot their next moves. The...

  • Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans unexpectedly put off a vote on a border security bill as tea partyers withdrew their...

  • CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence...

  • Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the...

  • Ex-Blackwater guard says didn't feel threatened

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Blackwater security guard testified Thursday he didn't feel that he and his colleagues were being threatened when they opened fire in downtown Baghdad, resulting in the shootings of dozens of Iraqis. Jeremy Ridgeway's testimony undercuts the defense of four former...

  • First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the government expands its initiative for affordable housing for service members. She announced Thursday nearly 100 local leaders have...

  • White House decries House vote on deportations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House denounced on Thursday an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are living in the country illegally. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the House is driving...

  • Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid all the debates on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are also wondering whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions is: Would drivers who are 'high' travel too fast or too slow for safety? Congressman John Mica, a Florida Republican,...

  • Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. "I shudder to think what the world looks like in five years for us and our allies if we don't steel...

  • More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press. That figure represents nearly five times the number of inmates, 702, who...

  • House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.

  • White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." The shelling occurred amid growing White House frustration with the scope of the...

  • Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed. Codenamed "Caesar," the man appeared before...

  • Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues. The meeting comes amid fighting between Israel and Hamas and a new round of U.S. sanctions on Russia. Obama is also facing tests in Iraq, where an Islamic insurgency...



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