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Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program 02 Jun 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans' telephone records. | Video

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U.S. House panel seeks to ban funding for U.S. embassy in Cuba

WASHINGTON - A proposed U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill released on Tuesday would prohibit funds for an American embassy or other diplomatic facility in Cuba beyond what existed before President Barack Obama's December announcement that he would move to normalize relations with Havana.

Cuba 02 Jun 2015
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Navy Secretary Mabus urges cuts in Pentagon 'overhead'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday urged budget cutters to target what he called duplicative and ineffective agencies such as the Pentagon's payment services arm instead of cutting needed weapons programs.

02 Jun 2015
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Illinois Senate Democrats unveil bill package to counter governor

CHICAGO - Illinois Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they will push a package of bills to counter Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's reform agenda as the state's key legislative session goes into overtime.

02 Jun 2015
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Kerry surgery successful, no impact on duties seen: surgeon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture in his right leg and his recovery is not expected to interfere with his official duties, his surgeon said.

02 Jun 2015