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Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election....

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....

Obama dining with 4 Kansas City letter writers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess....

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....

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans....

3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation's capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday....

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....

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973....

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals....

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