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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's new highway spending bill is already on the skids, with both Democrats and Republicans questioning $47 billion in fees and penalties the legislation counts on to fund new road-building over the next three years. (Associated Press)

Obamacare repeal loses, Ex-Im bank wins in GOP-held Senate votes

- The Washington Times

A procedural vote Sunday to repeal Obamacare couldn’t win over a majority of the GOP-led Senate, while a bid to revive an obscure exports agency succeeded, delivering twin blows to conservatives as they navigated a thorny path toward a highway bill that’s raised questions about civility and Republican discord in the august chamber.

Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant on foreign affairs to Pakistan's prime minister, said his country is in constant contact with Iran about prospects for commercial ties. (Associated Press)

Pakistan banking on Iran trade bonanza after Obama nuclear deal

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open “massive trade” opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation’s deep hope that the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.

People opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. The court was hearing a case filed by three victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Backpage.com wins restraining order against Cook County sheriff

- The Washington Times

Backpage.com was granted a restraining order Friday by a federal judge against an Illinois sheriff, who investigates human sex trafficking and asked major credit-card companies to withdraw from Backpage.com to preserve their brand and reputation. Backpage.com has long accepted paid classifieds for “adult” activities and escort services.

Pakistan's Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi arrives for the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan on Oct. 16, 2014. The two-day summit opens Thursday under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security." (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pakistan banks on bonanza from Iran nuke deal

- The Washington Times

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open “massive trade” opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iran-Pakistan border, a top Pakistani diplomat said Friday, expressing his nation’s deep hope that the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.

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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet July 28 to determine what likely caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

- Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

- Associated Press

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

NY lawmaker: Speed up $15 fast-food wage in Westchester

Associated Press

A New York state lawmaker says fast-food workers in Westchester County should get a $15 minimum wage when those in New York City do, and shouldn't have to wait six years like the rest of the state.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Prescriptions for painkillers and doctor-shopping by pill seekers have decreased since Kentucky passed legislation targeting prescription drug abuse, according to a University of Kentucky study.

Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate

- Associated Press

Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won't touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel.

ND gas flaring goals jeopardized by low oil prices

Associated Press

North Dakota's top energy regulator says the low oil prices may jeopardize targets that require reducing the amount of natural gas that is burned off as a byproduct of the state's oil production.

FILE - This July 13, 2011, file photo shows the Ram logo on a Ram pickup truck at a dealership in Hillsboro, Ore. Fiat Chrysler will buy back about 300,000 Ram pickup trucks in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a deal with U.S. safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two-dozen recalls, two people briefed on the matter say. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Fiat Chrysler settlement with gov't could prove costly

- Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out billions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.