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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015, President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House said Tuesday, Jan. 27, it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. Obama made the proposal as part of his State of the Union address. It was part of Obama's plan to consolidate and simplify a sometimes confusing array of tax breaks for college students. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

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 as part of his State of the Union address. It was part of Obama’s plan to consolidate and simplify a sometimes confusing … 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 people from Asia. Two attackers were killed following an hourslong standoff that included a car … 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 announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing … 0

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 … 0

Fertilizer from above

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers … 0

Courthouse quote isn’t Washington’s; ‘Unknown’ now credited

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BEND, Ore. — A quote about respect for military veterans that had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse has a new credit: “Unknown.” Although politicians, veterans and others have often attributed … 0

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials … 0

Is speech free for all?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LONDON — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech. Since the rampage that left four … 0

Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed. The pipeline is exposed for about 50 feet near where the breach occurred Jan. 17, according … 0

Iran foreign minister summoned to explain stroll with Kerry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country’s official IRNA news agency. On Jan. 14, on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear negotiations, … 0

FBI: Hunt continues for suspect in bomb threats against jets

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATLANTA — Federal law enforcement officials are continuing to pursue a suspect after recent bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes, an FBI agent said Sunday. “We certainly take … 0

Images of shot Egypt protester revive police criticism

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAIRO — Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a … 0

Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TOKYO — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to … 0