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Obama could lift some Iran sanctions whether or not Congress approves deal
Obama could lift some Iran sanctions whether or not Congress approves deal

WASHINGTON — Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

Lawmakers have insisted on having a say on what...

Obama could lift some Iran sanctions whether or not Congress approves deal
Obama could lift some Iran sanctions whether or not Congress approves deal

WASHINGTON — Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

Lawmakers have insisted on having a say on what...

Fla. man charged for flying gyrocopter onto Capitol lawn
Fla. man charged for flying gyrocopter onto Capitol lawn

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland...

Senate panel passes No Child Left Behind update

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has unanimously passed legislation updating the No Child Left Behind education law, setting up a likely vote by the full Senate this spring.

The legislation would continue to require annual standardized tests...

House of Representatives votes to repeal estate tax

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances.

Republicans refer to it as the “death tax.” They say it prevents small business owners...

Migrants pour into Europe; dozens die crossing Mediterranean
Migrants pour into Europe; dozens die crossing Mediterranean

BRUSSELS (AP) — An unprecedented wave of migrants has headed for the European Union’s promised shores over the past week, with 10,000 people making the trip. Hundreds — nobody knows how many — have disappeared into the...

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test
Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it’s already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process ...

Pilot arrested for landing one-person helicopter on Capitol lawn (video)
Pilot arrested for landing one-person helicopter on Capitol lawn (video)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police arrested a man who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall Wednesday.

The pilot was Doug Hughes, 61, a Postal Service...

House panel OKs tweaks to coal rule

WASHINGTON — A House committee approved a bill Wednesday granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity, largely bypassing a federal rule issued last year.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee...

Anti-vaccine mother’s children catch disease

Woman changes stance when all seven children get whooping cough

Boston honors marathon bombing victims on two-year anniversary
Boston honors marathon bombing victims on two-year anniversary

BOSTON — With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday, the emotions clearly still raw from the devastating attack during one of this...

Senate passes reauthorization for children’s health insurance

Measure funds children’s health plan, reforms Medicare payment system

Gov. Christie criticizes Obama negotiations at N.H. town hall meeting
Gov. Christie criticizes Obama negotiations at N.H. town hall meeting

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday the emerging nuclear pact with Iran will lead to it having nuclear weapons and to an even more dangerous Middle East. He also said he’d be open to putting U.S. soldiers...

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