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Obama, corporate giants announce plan to boost suppliers 6:08am EDT

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is enlisting several major U.S. and multinational companies to draw attention to an initiative aimed at helping small businesses expand and hire workers.

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Judge asked to block North Carolina voting changes before midterms

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. - North Carolina's overhauled election law should be halted before the midterm elections in November to avoid discrimination against African Americans and young voters, lawyers for the Justice Department and civil rights groups said on Thursday.

U.S., Africa 10 Jul 2014

White House opposes extending business depreciation tax break

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said on Thursday that it "strongly opposes" a Republican measure pending in the U.S. Congress that would permanently extend a business tax break dealing with deductions on depreciation of certain investments.

10 Jul 2014

U.S. prosecutors decline criminal probe in CIA-Senate dispute

WASHINGTON - U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal investigations into a heated dispute between Senate investigators and the Central Intelligence Agency over documents related to its use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

10 Jul 2014

Florida judge throws out 2012 congressional redistricting plan

TALLAHASSEE - A Florida judge threw out the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan on Thursday, saying Republicans conspired to manipulate the boundaries to protect the party's majority in Washington and "made a mockery" of the rules of transparency in the process.

10 Jul 2014
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U.S. Senate confirms Donovan as White House budget director

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate confirmed former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan on Thursday to take over as President Barack Obama's budget director.

10 Jul 2014