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Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas  — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.

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Judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.

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Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

HARARE, Zimbabwe — She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.

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Obama suggests he may delay immigration reform

WASHINGTON — President Obama is suggesting that he will defer his self-imposed deadline for announcing an expected change in immigration policy, as the White House wrestles with the political and legal dilemmas involved in making significant alterations without congressional approval.

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Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister on Friday denied asking the country’s military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.

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An answer to global warming: tax carbon emitters

An answer to global warming: tax carbon emitters

Reality could persuade some industry groups and some Republicans to seek bargain.

August 28, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when “yes means yes” while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

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Texas school funding still unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly amon…

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In Senate-CIA fight on interrogation report, another controversy

In Senate-CIA fight on interrogation report, another controversy

WASHINGTON — The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.

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United Sweets of America: a dessert for every state

United Sweets of America: a dessert for every state

NEW YORK — What would America be without dessert? It would be puritanical. It would be boring. It would be healthier, probably.

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Budget office: Deficit to dip to $506 billion

WASHINGTON — Annual budget deficits have plummeted as the economy has recovered from the Great Recession, falling to a projected $506 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.

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Business briefs

Business briefs

The world of business.

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Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely…

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Obama might not seek Congress' OK on Syria

WASHINGTON — One year ago, President Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped.

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George Will: Has Criminal Justice Act been a failure?

George Will: Has Criminal Justice Act been a failure?

The process has failed to produce fair trials. Or even trials, for that matter.

August 23, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
When policing political behavior, discretion is a must

When policing political behavior, discretion is a must

Criminal law is powerful tool for overseeing politicians, should be used sparingly.

August 19, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

200 years ago in the War of 1812, Washington was in flames

Imagine Washington in flames. The White House and the Capitol burning.

August 18, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Crashers needed for two-party political system

Crashers needed for two-party political system

To those who cry “spoilers”: running for office is First Amendment right.

August 18, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Crandell's death throws state senate race into turmoil

Crandell's death throws state senate race into turmoil

PHOENIX — The death of state Sen. Chester Crandell throws this year's race for the seat he held into turmoil.

August 05, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Court voids community college board expansion law

Court voids community college board expansion law

Appeals court says a state law applying only to Maricopa County is illegal.

July 24, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

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