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Obama meets Texas governor about border crisis 8:12pm EDT

DALLAS/WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama expressed concern on Wednesday that his request to Congress for $3.7 billion to tackle a border crisis could fall victim to partisan politics and urged Texas Governor Rick Perry, a sharp critic, to get behind his effort.

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Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's attorney general will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court over last month's ruling by a federal appeals court that backed gay marriage in the conservative, heavily Mormon state, his office said on Wednesday.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 5:44pm EDT
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Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for corruption during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

U.S., Natural Disasters 2:23pm EDT

Congress seen unlikely to block threatened New York transit strike

NEW YORK - Congress will likely not intervene to prevent a threatened strike this month that would shut down the Long Island Rail Road, the country's largest commuter rail system, a U.S. representative from New York said on Wednesday.

U.S. 4:50pm EDT
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Obama request for border money gets wary reception

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Wednesday cast a skeptical eye on a White House request for $3.7 billion to address an influx of child migrants at the U.S. border while President Barack Obama met with top critic Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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Senate confirms Julian Castro as housing secretary

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, placing the San Antonio, Texas mayor at the top of the agency in charge of housing during a sluggish recovery in the sector.

Housing Market 4:16pm EDT