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This Aug.16, 2013 photo shows helicopters battling the 64,000 acre Beaver Creek Fire north of Hailey, Idaho.  (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith, File)

Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon […]

03/17/2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, […]

01/20/2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. return to their offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate easily passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial shutdown mounted […]

01/16/2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair  Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

5 things to know, 1 to watch for about budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuffy oil paintings of Cabinet secretaries are out. Old-style light bulbs win a reprieve. For the health care overhaul, it’s a wash. Policy trades big and small make up the $1.1 trillion […]

01/15/2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair  Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dozens of trade-offs in $1.1 trillion budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, aimed at funding the government through October and putting to rest the bitter budget battles of last year, is getting generally positive reviews from House Republicans […]

01/14/2014

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (AP Photo)

Roberts renews call for court funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation’s federal courts to keep from undermining “the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” Chief Justice John Roberts said […]

12/31/2013

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Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing […]

12/27/2013

Health website woes force extension for sickest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology problems with President Barack Obama’s health care website are forcing the administration to extend a federal insurance plan for some of the sickest patients by a month. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance […]

12/12/2013

A Southwest Airlines plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Higher security fee set to boost travel costs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cost of flying is headed higher now that Congress has agreed on a budget deal. The proposed deal, expected to pass in the next several days, would more than double the […]

12/11/2013

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Year after Newtown, gun control groups keep hope

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won’t lose the fight to reduce gun violence — no matter how long it takes. She is among a group of […]

12/11/2013

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