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Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday....

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays....

Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation - billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections....

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing....

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million....

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say....

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus....

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday....

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end....

Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The admiral in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific says North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology....

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