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CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year....

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill....

Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions....

White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."...

GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails....

Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed....

More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press....

Kerry: `No promise' of cease-fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful....

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday....

Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues....

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