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New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people....

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near....

House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard....

Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs....

Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer....

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday....

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off
ATLANTA (AP) -- Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, he and Democrat Michelle Nunn launched the real battle for Georgia's open Senate seat with attack ads in a matchup that could help settle control of the Senate....

Judges in health care rulings vote party line
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them....

Senate bill targets companies that move overseas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain....

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is moving toward passage of an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs....

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