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Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States....

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs....

Congress votes final passage on highway bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections....

CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers....

Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive....

Senate kills spending bill for border crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote....

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink....

Report: CIA officers read Senate emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report....

Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says....

Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?...

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