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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law....

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sheriffs' organization is broadening its concerns about the popular Waze (pronounced "ways") mobile traffic app. Now it says a feature that lets drivers warn others about nearby police cruisers not only presents a threat to police safety, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets....

Romney courts middle class, jabs Clinton in Mississippi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic credentials....

Wisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates, and that he doesn't have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic....

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....

NY Assembly considers rewriting rules after speaker's arrest
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending - a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity rewrite Albany's political playbook....

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....

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service....

House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Continuing its charge on energy, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports....

Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force says it is investigating an allegation that a two-star general told lower-ranking officers that passing information to Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason....

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