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Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia 29 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

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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.

U.S. 29 Jul 2014
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Obama administration kicks off bid to renew Africa trade program

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions.

Africa 29 Jul 2014
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U.S. Senate panel backs confirmation of new ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia could be on his way to Moscow in days, after U.S. senators put aside partisan differences to hold a quick vote backing his appointment on Tuesday.

Russia 29 Jul 2014
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Texas Democrats question extra spending for border surge

DALLAS - Texas lawmen told a statehouse committee on Tuesday extra spending was needed to cut down on crime at the border and were met with skepticism from Democrats who questioned whether the surge could produce results that would justify the price tag.

29 Jul 2014

U.S. Senate shortens transport extension, sets up clash with House

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $8.1 billion extension of federal funding for transportation projects through the end of 2014, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives just days ahead of cutbacks in money for road, bridge and transit construction.

29 Jul 2014