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  • Congress passes long-sought VA accountability bill

    June 13, 2017 8:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved long-sought legislation to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs. President Donald Trump supported the legislation to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans. The House cleared the bipartisan bill on a 368-55 vote. It replaces an earlier version... more »
  • Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement

    March 31, 2017 12:42 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A judge has approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego ends nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were... more »
  • US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    March 23, 2017 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it. Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a... more »
  • House votes to bar funds for abortion coverage

    January 24, 2017 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage. The measure, which passed 238-183, would also block tax credits for some people and businesses buying abortion coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law. Republicans passed a similar bill in 2015... more »
  • U. S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline

    January 9, 2015 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House. The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • House sends bill approving oil pipeline to Senate

    November 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has sent the Senate a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House voted Friday 252-161 on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana in a bid to boost his chances to take over Louisiana's Senate seat from Democrat Mary Landrieu.... more »
  • Congress approves deal to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

    January 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill's... more »

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