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Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year’s hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don’t appear to be listening.

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House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

WASHINGTON — Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

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House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

WASHINGTON — A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.

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Feds accuse prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

ATLANTA — Dozens of Georgia prison guards agreed to protect drug smuggling operations for a high-level trafficker, believing their status as correctional officers would protect them from a vehicle search if they were stopped by police, authorities said Thursday. In exchange, they received th…

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NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

February 11, 2016 1:23 pm Photos

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NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

A Syrian refugee thanks god as he arrives on the island of Lesbos, Greece on a fishing boat. In 2016 alone more than 400 refugees have died trying reach the shores of the EU.

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NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

U.S. Secretary of Defense

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Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

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Utah cities say no to new liquor stores

SALT LAKE CITY — Though studies have shown Utah needs more liquor stores to meet demand, Gov. Gary Herbert has not chosen to include new stores in his budget this year as many cities don't want the burden.

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Millions more white-collar workers could qualify for overtime

Millions more white-collar workers could qualify for overtime

The proposal would make an additional 5 million employees eligible.

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Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has decided.

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Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has decided.

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Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

“The work this guy has done has been absolutely mind-blowing,” Vice President Joe Biden said of Nobel recipient Dr. Paul Modrich, left. Dr. A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University, is at right.

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Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. — With an ambitious funding request pending before Congress, Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to fill out the White House’s cancer “moonshot” with input from doctors and researchers at a hub for medical innovation.

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Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program

Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.

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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the rig…

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Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions.

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Vehicle emissions test notices suspended amid budget impasse

Vehicle emissions test notices suspended amid budget impasse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois motorists will have to keep track of when their vehicles need to pass an emissions test or be renewed, because the state says it won't provide mailed notifications.

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Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has decided.

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Iowa lawmakers OK bills to raise speed limit on rural roads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have advanced bills that would raise the speed limit on rural roads despite warnings that the change could lead to more fatal crashes.

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