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Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, faces Senate questioners Wednesday as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job....

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....

A US green-energy blueprint, meant to help Liberia, fails
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help Liberia collapsed amid questionable business decisions and oversight....

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