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**FILE** AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (Associated Press)

Labor eyes Texas for political gains

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka said Tuesday the labor movement will set its sights on political action in Texas, a Republican-controlled state that boasts its lack of government regulation has been a catalyst for economic growth.

**FILE** Supporters of President Obama's health care law celebrate June 28, 2012, outside the Supreme Court after the court's ruling was announced. A narrow 5-4 majority led by Chief Justice G. Roberts Jr. upheld the controversial 2010 law. (Associated Press)

Most Democrats, independents oppose defunding Obamacare: poll

A new poll finds that nearly six in 10 voters oppose the idea of cutting funding for Obamacare — despite the law's continuing unpopularity — and that there is a major partisan divide on the issue, with Democrats and independents opposing the push by a group of conservative Republicans to starve the new law of money.

**FILE** A girl sits on a Newtown bus leaving the new Sandy Hook Elementary School after the first day of classes in Monroe, Conn., on Jan. 3, 2013. The Sandy Hook students started that day in their new school, formerly called Chalk Hill School in Monroe. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary and overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (Associated Press)

Holder: $2.5 million to help Sandy Hook 'healing'

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will send $2.5 million in taxpayer money to reimburse Connecticut police agencies, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. saying the money can help heal the community after 20 kids were killed in last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

**FILE** President Obama makes a statement to the media from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama promises mayors unilateral action on guns

Stymied by Congress in his gun control efforts, President Obama told a group of big-city mayors Tuesday that he would take more executive actions to reduce gun violence.