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President Barack Obama addresses House Democrats, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool)

Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget exposes familiar GOP divide

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to the “sequester” cuts in 2011, neither really thought they would happen. The cuts were considered so terrible that they would force the parties to broker a compromise. The deal included $1 trillion of deep reductions over a decade, slashing across almost every aspect of government. In fact, the cuts took effect after all when lawmakers failed to reach a deal. Now undoing them is proving just as daunting. Obama’s proposal Thursday to reverse the next phase of cuts for fiscal 2016 landed with a thud at the Republican-controlled Congress. As much as the GOP’s defense … 0

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies “anonymized” the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of MIT, … 0

Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HONOLULU — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii’s corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried they might die. Now the Hawaii … 0

AG nominee Lynch defends Obama immigration changes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country … 0

Pipeline not state-inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn’t inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the … 0

Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday. Because … 0

Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for “money and power,” according … 0

1 in 5 kids on food stamps

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on … 0

White House drops plan to scale back college savings benefits

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — 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. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week … 0

Gunmen storm Libya hotel, killing American, 9 others

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TRIPOLI, Libya — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three … 0

House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president’s unilateral deportation curbs. Boehner … 0

Pipeline problems?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. … 0

Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could … 0