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  • News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

    By Associated Press

    A Republican congressman from Kentucky said his lobbyist wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee walking horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint against him. Published July 29, 2014

  • Hassan vetoes bill on state audit process

    By Associated Press

    Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that deals with investigations and audits of state financial activities, saying it violates the fundamental separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. Published July 29, 2014

  • Lawmakers: Is beefed-up border security worth it?

    By WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press

    Democratic state lawmakers questioned Tuesday what Texas will gain by committing more than $4 million a week to pump up border security amid a surge of immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S., since all sides agree the minors pose little criminal or national security threat. Published July 29, 2014

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press

    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. Published July 29, 2014

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    By MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press

    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. Published July 29, 2014

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    By Associated Press

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas power, Gaza power plant, scores killed Published July 29, 2014

  • California governor sets more talks on migrants

    By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ - Associated Press

    California Gov. Jerry Brown turned his focus to education and energy Tuesday on the second day of a trip to Mexico, but talk about immigration reform remained high on his agenda. Published July 29, 2014

  • News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

    By Associated Press

    A Republican congressman from Kentucky said his lobbyist wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee walking horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint against him. Published July 29, 2014

  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    By ALANNA DURKIN - Associated Press

    In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races. Published July 29, 2014

  • Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle

    By Steve Karnowski - Associated Press

    A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Published July 29, 2014

  • Legislators meet with Cuban activist's wife

    By Associated Press

    South Florida's Cuban-American congressional delegation will meet with the wife of a Cuban democracy activist. Published July 29, 2014

  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    By LARRY O'DELL and ALAN SUDERMAN - Associated Press

    The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. Published July 29, 2014

  • NMFOG announces award winners

    By Associated Press

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has named this year's winners of its annual Dixon First Amendment Award. Published July 29, 2014

  • German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    By Associated Press

    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home. Published July 29, 2014

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