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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law....

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama....

US working on non-lethal aid package for Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S. officials said Wednesday....

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime....

Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs....

A year after background check defeat, modest goals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms....

Clinton White House documents to be released
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration....

US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant....

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences....

Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month....

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