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Safety board: Systemic flaws in gas pipelines oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Accident investigators say there are systemic weaknesses in the way natural gas providers protect against the rupture of major, high-pressure pipelines in populated areas. They are pointing to three powerful accidents in California, Florida and West Virginia in recent years....

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon....

Obama team asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Democratic senator's complaints Tuesday, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to cut trade deals with Japan, Australia and many other countries....

Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination....

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold....

Obama sees need to move on drone rules now
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed harmlessly on the White House grounds shows that the U.S. must update its laws to manage the expanding frontier of commercial and consumer drones and ensure only good things come in these small packages....

Gowdy says Obama admin slow-walking documents on Benghazi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that the bipartisan inquiry is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration....

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah....

Democrats appear likely to replace NY speaker after charges
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Democrats in the state Assembly are expected to call Tuesday for replacing their powerful longtime leader, Speaker Sheldon Silver, after he was charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks over a decade....

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska....

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