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House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law 30 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.

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Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: watchdog

WASHINGTON - Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said.

Health 30 Jul 2014

Obama to order federal contractors to disclose labor violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that would require potential government contractors to disclose past labor law violations, a White House official said.

30 Jul 2014

U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests

WASHINGTON/CARACAS - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring.

World, Venezuela 30 Jul 2014
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Congress jockeys over troubled border-funding bill

WASHINGTON - Legislation to pay for handling a flood of Central American migrant children hung by a thread in the Congress on Wednesday amid deep divisions over President Barack Obama's emergency funding request, even as the Senate agreed to bring up a Democratic measure.

30 Jul 2014
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In Florida governor's race, Democrat woos crucial black vote

TAMPA Fla. - As the leading Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Charlie Crist would be expected to draw overwhelming support from the state's more than 1.6 million registered black voters.

U.S. 30 Jul 2014