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U.S. House Speaker sets January 20th for Obama speech to Congress


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has been invited to deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET (0200 GMT Jan. 21).

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Thu, Dec 18 2014

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift


WASHINGTON - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.

Cuba 18 Dec 2014

Guardian of New Hampshire's presidential primary ready for another round


CONCORD, N.H. - As New Hampshire braces for another wave of White House hopefuls next year seeking votes in the first-in-the-nation nominating primary, much of the credit for the state's hold on that position goes to one man: Secretary of State William Gardner.

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U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations


WASHINGTON - Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff.

U.S., Environment 10:01am EST

In North Dakota, countdown looms for $5.3 billion oil tax break


BISMARCK, N.D. - Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer.

White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges


WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks.

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Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

LOUISVILLE, Ky - Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city's minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year.

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U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba


WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama's plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House.

Cuba 18 Dec 2014

Washington governor pushes capital gains tax in face of budget gap


SEATTLE - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday proposed a new tax on capital gains to try to close a projected budget shortfall of more than $2 billion, rolling back on a no-new-taxes campaign pledge.

U.S., Money 18 Dec 2014

U.S. banks to move cautiously into Cuba, trade groups say

- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes.

Cuba 18 Dec 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.