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U.S. expands economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine 4:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier.

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Democrats urge no U.S. contracts for corporate tax 'deserters'

WASHINGTON - Corporations that move their tax domiciles abroad would be denied federal contracts under legislation offered on Tuesday by Democrats in the U.S. Congress, targeting tax-driven deals known as inversions.

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U.S. lawmakers warn against Mexico sugar import restrictions

NEW YORK - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers warned on Tuesday that restricting Mexican sugar imports would inflate food prices and threaten U.S. food manufacturers, the latest sign that pressure is growing on Washington to avoid trade barriers.

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Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

RICHMOND Va. - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial.

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Obama wrote Putin about violation of nuclear treaty -White House

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to inform him directly that the U.S. government had determined that Russia violated the intermediate-range nuclear treaty, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

Tech, U.S., 1:12pm EDT