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Lynch pledges independence if confirmed as attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on Wednesday at confirmation hearings to become the nation's first female black attorney general....

DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes....

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press....

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say....

Governors associations top list of biggest state-race donors
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide....

Report: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial "soon," the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported Wednesday....

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies, a poll said Wednesday....

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange....

White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats....

NY Assembly speaker to vacate post amid criminal charges
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday....

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Lynch pledges independence if confirmed as attorney general

DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

Fed is expected to remain 'patient' about a first rate hike

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

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