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Last-gasp try for immigration deal fell to partisan disputes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort to protect young Dreamer immigrants from deportation never really had much chance of squeezing into the last bill Congress must pass this election year. That's why bargainers from both parties were surprised when the White House tried anyway....

Huge budget bill clears hurdle, nears final House vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers" cleared an important procedural hurdle Thursday as lawmakers struggled to meet a Friday deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown....

Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade fighting words
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a rhetorical smackdown over who could clean the other's clock in a brawl....

Budget bill likely would end Supreme Court email search case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The budget bill before Congress includes an update to federal law that makes clear that authorities with a warrant can obtain emails and other data held by American technology companies but stored on servers overseas....

Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump was ready to hit China with billions of dollars in trade sanctions Thursday for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses braced for a backlash as the Chinese government vowed to take "all necessary measures" to defend itself in an emerging economic showdown....

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network....

Reports: FBI investigated AG for possible false statements
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Published reports say the FBI investigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible false statements to Congress....

With fate of economy in his hands, Powell plays it low-key
In his first news conference as head of the world's leading central bank, Jerome Powell avoided any professorial lectures....

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Sotomayor rapped for surfing the web
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor was only following the lead of her chief during Tuesday's arguments over crisis pregnancy centers when she said she visited the website of one of the centers involved in the Supreme Court case....

US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get - and how much they pay for - streaming TV and movies....

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