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  • House to pass 6-month spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months. The temporary …


  • Judge: US civil trials at risk without budget deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal civil jury trials in the United States probably would grind to a halt if Congress fails to reach a budget deal and $600 billion in automatic …


  • Amtrak funding in crosshairs in presidential race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning to Amtrak from Mitt Romney and Republicans: You’re on your own. The platform Republicans adopted at their convention included a call for full privatization and an …


  • Congress returns for short pre-election session

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returned to Washington on Monday for an abbreviated pre-election session in which it appears likely to do the bare minimum: making sure that the government doesn’t …


  • Congress returns for short pre-election session

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt …


  • Wary US looks to calm rising tensions in Asia

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Alarmed by a rise in nationalist sentiment around the Asia-Pacific, the Obama administration is looking for Russia to play a greater role in the region as …


  • Clinton’s China visit produces no breakthrough

    BEIJING (AP) — Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how …


  • Clinton seeks Chinese accord on South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao to press Beijing to agree to peacefully resolve territorial disputes with its …


  • Americans Sargent, Sims share economics Nobel

    Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the Nobel economics prize today for research that sheds light on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and policy instruments such as interest …

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