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Clinton faces early test on U.S.-Pacific Rim trade deal fight 6:07pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Less than a week after formally launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is already being tested on a thorny issue for Democrats: free-trade deals and their impact on workers.

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Obama cites Senate 'dysfunction' in delay to confirm Lynch

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Friday it is embarrassing that the U.S. Senate still has not voted on confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.

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Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

DALLAS - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives.

U.S. 5:33pm EDT

U.S. appeals court judges skeptical over lifting hold on Obama immigration order

NEW ORLEANS - Two conservative U.S. appeals court judges expressed skepticism on Friday over arguments to lift an injunction blocking President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action.

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Japan and U.S. ministers to meet for trade talks before summit

TOKYO - Japan and the United States will hold cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday.

Japan 12:19pm EDT