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APNewsBreak: Changes sought for endangered act

02/04/2014 9:29am
Republicans in Congress say a 40-year-old law meant to protect animals and plants from extinction has become bogged down by litigation and needs to be updated.

APNewsBreak: Changes sought for endangered act

02/04/2014 9:38am
Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

US officials: Iran is not open for business _ yet

02/04/2014 1:12pm
U.S. officials said Tuesday that an interim deal with Iran that promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions does not mean that Tehran is open for business.

What's in the farm bill

02/04/2014 1:13pm
The compromise farm bill the Senate passed and sent to the White House on Tuesday sets policy for food stamps and farm programs. The five-year bill would cut food stamps by around $800 million a year and continue generous farm subsidies. Some of what's in the bill:

Congress: WV spill reveals inadequate regulations

02/04/2014 2:08pm
Patchwork federal regulations are inadequate to protect the public from chemical spills such as the one last month that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginia residents, members of Congress and state officials said at a hearing Tuesday.

Reid sets up test vote on jobless aid

02/04/2014 2:55pm
Democrats controlling the Senate have set up a test vote on Thursday for the party's new plan to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for more than six months.

Prosecutors give account of agent's fatal shooting

02/04/2014 3:20pm
A firefight that killed a Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 erupted as armed men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers walked in a single-file line toward a group of agents, according an account given by prosecutors of the shooting that revealed the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation.

Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline

02/04/2014 4:16pm
An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.