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House, Senate move toward short-term highway bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal....

Obama and the Kurds: Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turkey's dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey's targets while relying heavily on the other target....

Top military leader says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region....

Pennsylvania US Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, federal prosecutors said....

Health care spending to accelerate, US report says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down....

Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling....

Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP....

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance....

Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars....

Christie: Republican primary rivals lack policy specifics
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday chided his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House....

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Top military leader says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon

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House, Senate move toward short-term highway bill

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