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Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin....

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse not a big deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about....

Republican leaders struggle to update education law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republican leaders are struggling to round up enough votes to update the No Child Left Behind education law. There are signs they may have to delay a vote....

Former Gov. Rick Perry: Obama has made the world less safe
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday blasted President Barack Obama's record on foreign policy, calling for a harder-line approach in the Middle East and accusing the administration of "making grave calculations that make the world less safe."...

Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor - yet convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell....

Rick Perry tells CPAC: Obama has made the world less safe
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism....

News Guide: FCC 'net neutrality' vote and what it means
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes....

US, Cuba restart embassy talks; breakthrough seems unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Cuba held a second round of negotiations Friday on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption, although an immediate breakthrough appeared unlikely....

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries....

White House drafts privacy bill, angers consumer advocates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has drafted a bill to encourage U.S. businesses to do more to protect consumer privacy. But privacy advocates are pushing back even before its release because they say it does nothing to hold businesses accountable for misusing a consumer's personal information....

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