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Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages 24 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year.

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Seattle mayor finds impasse over $15 hourly wage proposal

SEATTLE - A coalition of business, labor, and nonprofit interests assembled by the mayor of Seattle has failed to agree on a proposal that, if adopted by lawmakers, would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than double the U.S. national rate.

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Caroline Kennedy backs Hillary Clinton for 2016

WASHINGTON - Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. ambassador to Japan, says she would support Hillary Clinton if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency in 2016, and she hopes Clinton decides to run.

Japan 24 Apr 2014
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Michelle Obama changes Kansas speech date after students protest

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama has switched her plans to address a high school commencement ceremony in Topeka, Kansas, in May after students protested that her presence would limit the number of family members they could invite to the ceremony.

24 Apr 2014
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Politics clouds proposed overhaul of U.S. housing finance system

WASHINGTON - The Senate Banking Committee appears likely to back a bill to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to sources familiar with talks on the legislation.