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U.S. rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics 3:02pm EST

WASHINGTON - U.S. civil rights groups on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA's use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations.

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Obama picks Sally Yates for No. 2 spot at Justice Department

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he intends to nominate Sally Yates, a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia, to fill the second-highest ranking position at the Justice Department.

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U.S. House panel seeks update on plans to upgrade White House fence

WASHINGTON - The top two members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Monday they had written to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson asking for a briefing on his agency's plans to enhance the fence around the White House.

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Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

WASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.

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Lockheed meets 2014 target for 36 F-35 deliveries-Pentagon

WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp met its target of delivering 36 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. government in 2014, paving the way for the firm to collect most of the associated performance fees, a spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 program office said Monday.

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