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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 illegally....

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes....

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008....

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service....

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about resistance from the Obama administration and vowed to "ratchet up" his inquiry....

NY Assembly considers rewriting rules after speaker's arrest
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending - a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity to rewrite Albany's political playbook....

Iowa farmer leads Senate panel on high legal posts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate's most enthusiastic tweeter, is steering the venerable Judiciary Committee into a brave new world....

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk....

Biden: More costs for Russia unless Moscow changes course
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says Russia must face increasing penalties unless it changes course on Ukraine....

Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity....

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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

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NY Assembly considers rewriting rules after speaker's arrest

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