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'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

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NEW YORK - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper.

U.S. 6:44am EDT

Tue, Apr 22 2014

U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities.

U.S., 22 Apr 2014

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins

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TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. | Video

China, World, United Nations 8:03am EDT

U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit

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TOKYO - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit.

Japan 5:47am EDT

California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

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BERKELEY, California - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools.

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Supreme Court hears challenge to ban on 'false' campaign speech

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum voiced doubts on Tuesday about a state law that prohibits false statements during a political campaign.

U.S., 22 Apr 2014

California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odor complaints heat up

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LOS ANGELES - A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell.

U.S., 12:48am EDT

Colorado lawmakers move to tighten edible marijuana laws

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DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are moving to tighten laws governing the sale of marijuana-infused edibles, an issue that has gained attention following two deaths possibly linked to the ingestion of cannabis products, the measures' main sponsor said on Tuesday.

U.S., 22 Apr 2014

U.S. official responsible for reforming Medicare is leaving post

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.

22 Apr 2014

New Jersey governor's press aide subpoenaed in 'Bridgegate' probe

- A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the "Bridgegate" traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday.

22 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.