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$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans....

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency....

With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas....

Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments....

Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members and other conservatives dead set against raising the deficit....

Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess....

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either....

Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration....

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad....

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races....

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