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New Mexico is first state to issue plans to sue EPA over mine spill
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New Mexico is first state to issue plans to sue EPA over mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico plans to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states, officials said Thursday. The New Mexico Environ...

Anglicans sanction US Episcopal Church over gay marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Episcopalians have been barred for three years from any...
Obama to ask UN to screen aliens from Central America as refugees
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Obama to ask UN to screen aliens from Central America as refugees

The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.
Jeh Johnson reaches out to Muslims in Dearborn
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Jeh Johnson reaches out to Muslims in Dearborn

Speaking in Dearborn on Wednesday, the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attempted to reach out to local Muslims, saying that Islam is a religion of peace while also calling upon the community speak up against extremism to counter ISIS.
Ted Cruz, Donald Trump fireworks likely in tonight's debate
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Ted Cruz, Donald Trump fireworks likely in tonight's debate

The campaign-trail bickering over the past few days between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could come to a head during tonight's GOP debate. "Cruz now finds himself in the cross hairs where pretty much everyone else has found themselves with Donald Tr...
Ted Cruz: Failure to report Goldman Sachs loan during Senate bid 'inadvertent'
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Ted Cruz: Failure to report Goldman Sachs loan during Senate bid 'inadvertent'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said he will amend his financial reports from his 2012 U.S. Senate bid to reflect a nearly $1 million loan if federal authorities determine the amendment is necessary. Cruz, in response t...
Executive gun action not popular in the Heartland
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Executive gun action not popular in the Heartland

Now that President Barack Obama has decided to try bypassing Congress to pursue firearms measures through executive action, the American public has predictably taken sides. National polls suggest most Americans are OK with the president's measures. But fire...
Oregon judge proposes militia pay $75,000 a day for occupying refuge
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Oregon judge proposes militia pay $75,000 a day for occupying refuge

A local judge in Oregon has raised the prospect of making the armed militia occupying a federal wildlife refuge pay as much as $75,000 a day for the toll the standoff is costing the rural county. Harney County judge Steve Grasty, a vocal critic of the milit...

Immigration message in GOP's SOTU different in Spanish than it was in English

In the political fight over immigration, a few little words can make a big difference. So when Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart gave the Republican Party’s response in Spanish to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, he offered an immigration...