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Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday....

House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care....

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes....

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally....

Senate likely to come up short on border bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis....

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to hunters, and conservation groups liked it too....

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law....

Obama prods Congress to fix corporate loopholes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him....

Senate tires of patching highway programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes....

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say....

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Senate tires of patching highway programs

Senate likely to come up short on border bill

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

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