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In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a reporter during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Lawmakers return to Washington for an end-of-session sprint to avert a government shutdown, finally pass a long-term highway funding bill, and clear away unfinished business like renewing tax breaks for individuals and business. The new two or three weeks will be a big test for new Speaker Paul Ryan, who has to balance the demands of conservatives with the need to get Obama to sign must-do bills.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

Monday, November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP’s tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates. There are less than two weeks until a deadline to pass a $1.1 trillion … 0

High court’s election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases

Monday, November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s lineup of new cases is fit for an election year. Affirmative action, abortion and another look at the Obama health care law all are before the court, and they could well be joined by immigration, giving the justices a run of cases that reads like a campaign platform. … 0

‘Let’s take action today’

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Nov. 27

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trump called out for appearing to mock reporter’s disability WASHINGTON — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and … 0

Obama: No credible intelligence about US terrorism plot

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said there currently is no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Obama said it was understandable that Americans might be … 0

Putin sends missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MOSCOW — In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following … 0

New suspect sought in Paris attacks; Brussels lockdown eases

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Belgium issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the Paris attacks as an unprecedented lockdown in Brussels slowly began to come to an end. Authorities announced a manhunt for 30-year-old Mohamed Abrini, who was seen driving a car between Brussels and Paris with Salah Abdeslam two … 0

Obamacare tweaks made amid insurer complaints

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW YORK — To reduce turbulence in Obamacare’s fledgling insurance markets, the Obama administration’s top health official is pushing to get more information to consumers about what they’ll actually pay for health care, which can include out-of-pocket costs as well as premiums. The changes are meant to help … 0

Man ejected from game sends cops 240 doughnuts

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — A California man sent 20 dozen coconut doughnuts to police officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as payback for getting kicked out of a Badger football game. The man traveled from Los Angeles to see the Badgers play Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. … 0

Pope brings message of peace to Africa amid security fears

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary … 0

More than meets the eye in cop videos, experts say

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The video, shot from the dashboard camera of a police cruiser, shows a black teenager walking down the middle of a Southwest Chicago street. Two police officers approach the 17-year-old from his left, guns drawn. … 0

Chicago protesters to target shopping area on Black Friday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago’s famous Michigan … 0

Officer charged with murder in teen’s death; video released

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark … 0