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Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.


Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.


U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.


U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.


As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    In the last 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.


New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Sparks Outrage 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.


Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL? 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy.


California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.


McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:19:00 -0400 
    The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.


Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:41:00 -0400 
    A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.


Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:54:00 -0400 
    Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."


White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:08 -0400 
    The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow's alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own.


Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.


The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time.


Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are traveling to Montgomery County, Md., to highlight workforce training for inmates about to leave prisons and jails. They plan to replicate the county's program around the U.S. by giving federal grant money.