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President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, to speak about the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda […]

10/02/2013

President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, left, and Governor of the French National Bank Christian Noyer arrive for a news conference of the European Central Bank at the French National Bank in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Outside US, ripple effects of budget battle feared

PARIS (AP) — Top European officials are keeping a worried eye on the U.S. government shutdown, saying it could pose a risk for the continent’s fledgling recovery. The U.S. has the world’s largest economy and […]

10/02/2013

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Day 2 of the government shutdown

Some 800,000 government workers are enduring their first full day of no pay after they were sent home on furlough yesterday. And Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are signaling that it may be weeks […]

10/02/2013

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Americans’ view about the President and Congress

Eight in 10 Americans find it unacceptable for either President Obama or members of Congress to threaten to shut down the government during budget negotiations in order to achieve their goals. That’s according to a […]

09/26/2013

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USPS seeks 3-cent increase for first-class mail

WASHINGTON (AP) — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter. The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the […]

09/25/2013

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Veterans call for action on immigration bill

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Military veterans gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall today to urge action on a bill that would overhaul the country’s immigration laws. Ricardo Reyes, a Marine who served in Iraq and […]

09/17/2013

Chris Ott, right, helps her son, former Marine John Thomas Doody, who was shot while serving in Fallujah, Iraq., subsequently suffering an infection and a series of strokes that left him in a coma and relying on a ventilator to survive,  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

VA: Billions needed to expand caregiver benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it supports expanding a caregivers benefit for grievously wounded veterans but only if Congress comes up with the billions needed to pay for the expansion. […]

09/04/2013

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Calif. county votes for secession from state

YREKA, Calif. (AP) — A far Northern California county where residents have complained they lack representation at the state capitol wants to separate from California. The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that the Siskiyou County […]

09/04/2013

From right to left, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senators agree on Syria resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say the top lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached agreement on a resolution on using military force against Syria. The aides said the panel planned to consider […]

09/03/2013

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Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) – Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged […]

08/31/2013

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