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Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis.

World, United Nations 4:53pm EDT

Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.

Health 4:49pm EDT

Thu, Apr 17 2014

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

U.S., Health 17 Apr 2014

House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.

U.S. 17 Apr 2014

Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs

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WASHINGTON - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.

17 Apr 2014

U.S. appeals court rejects latest challenge to Wisconsin union law

WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected the latest challenge to a Wisconsin law that restricts the power of public-sector unions.

3:09pm EDT

Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

U.S. 17 Apr 2014

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

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(The last paragraph of this April 16 story has been corrected to say Chuck Hagel is U.S. Defense Secretary)

China 4:42am EDT

Conservatives encouraging presidential bid by surgeon outraise rivals

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WASHINGTON - If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

17 Apr 2014

Beau Biden, son of U.S. VP, to run for governor of Delaware

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- At least one member of the Biden family will be seeking higher office in 2016.

17 Apr 2014
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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.