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Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown 4:44pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown.

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Congressman urges Obama to block Venezuela's Citgo sale

MIAMI - A U.S. congressman urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to block the proposed sale by Venezuela's state oil company of its North American refining unit Citgo, saying it would be against "vital national interests".

6:24pm EDT

California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders

- A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session.

U.S. 5:48pm EDT

Gay marriage issue lands at Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE - The hot topic of same-sex marriage was sent to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case brought by two women appealing a Tampa judge's denial of their divorce petition.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 3:48pm EDT
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Bill Clinton to stump for Maine governor hopeful

PORTLAND Maine - Former President Bill Clinton will come to Maine on Tuesday to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Mike Michaud, party officials announced this week, shining a national spotlight on one of the most closely contended gubernatorial races of 2014.

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Arizona treasurer claims victory in Republican primary for governor

PHOENIX - Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory on Tuesday in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has clashed repeatedly with the White House over illegal immigration.

U.S. 4:31am EDT