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FILE - This June 17, 2014 file photo shows Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee, San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who’s […]

07/09/2014

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks about President Barack Obama's signature health care law at the Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama to announce Julian Castro for housing post

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to boost the profile of an up-and-coming young Hispanic Democrat by nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become the nation’s housing secretary. Obama’s current housing chief […]

05/23/2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, before the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the effects the government shutdown is having on benefits and services to veterans.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and […]

10/09/2013

This Oct. 7, 2009 file photo shows a NASA tent is erected on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The numbers that show how essential an agency is

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA may have the Right Stuff, but it’s not essential. In fact, of all the larger government agencies, NASA is sending the largest percentage home in the government shutdown because they are […]

10/02/2013

With hours to go until a possible government shutdown, visitors tour the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Capitol officials said today that if a shutdown goes into effect, all organized tours of the Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center will be suspended.  The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Federal workers prepare for shutdown process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down. With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal […]

09/30/2013

(AP Photo)

Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in government

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide. It […]

05/24/2013

Mark Sullivan

Secret Service chief to step down after 30 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Secret Service is stepping down after 30 years on the job. A Secret Service spokesman says Mark Sullivan will retire effective Feb. 23. His replacement hasn’t been announced.

02/01/2013

Homeless person on sidewalk

Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.

12/09/2012

Glendale gets $3.6M for affordable housing

(CNS) – Glendale was one of eight California cities announced today that will get a share of $26 million in federal grants to foster community development and produce more affordable housing. U.S. Housing and Urban […]

08/02/2012

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