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Obama has room to maneuver on immigration changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out....

Congress backs Israel's Iron Dome missile defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel's missile defenses with its last order of business before a five-week recess, as the Jewish state's cease-fire with Hamas unraveled and Israeli forces pushed deep into Gaza in search of a missing army officer....

Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal....

Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to move them off their talking points....

Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service....

Justice Dept seeks appeal in health overhaul case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their health care premiums under Obamacare....

Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder cautioned against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that can be unfair to minorities....

Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capping a week of aggressive action against Russia, President Barack Obama pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday for a diplomatic path out of Ukraine's struggle with Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists. Putin countered by calling U.S. and European economic sanctions against Russia counterproductive....

Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune
CHICAGO (AP) -- The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses....

Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the agency's ethics director recommended he do so....

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