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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law....

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans demanded wholesale change at the Justice Department Thursday as they questioned whether President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, would provide it....

As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush....

Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate moved Thursday toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many expected battles with the White House over energy and the environment....

Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety....

Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas....

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years....

Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn't....

Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel has approved a bill that would levy new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't reach an international agreement that would prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon....

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes....

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