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How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush's economic vision for U.S. 2:23am EDT

WASHINGTON - There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

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U.S., Cuba talks on opening embassies head into second day

WASHINGTON - Talks between the United States and Cuba will go into a second day on Friday as the sides try to reach agreement on reopening embassies shut for more than half a century, the crucial next step in their historic detente.

World, Cuba 21 May 2015
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Future of domestic surveillance powers uncertain as Congress fights

WASHINGTON - The future of the U.S. government's power to spy on Americans' phone calls was up in the air on Thursday as Congress fought over proposed reforms, with no clear outcome in sight. | Video

Tech, 21 May 2015
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Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats from the Northeast, where the Amtrak rail service is considered essential, vowed on Thursday, in the wake of a deadly train crash, to fight Republican budget cuts for the passenger line, while acknowledging more funding would be hard to win.

U.S. 21 May 2015
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U.S. House leader: Senate must act on bulk data collection

WASHINGTON - The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Senate to pass a bill, already approved by the House, to end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and replace it with a more targeted system.

Tech, 21 May 2015