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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Biofuels mandate mess: New EPA ethanol standards under fire

- The Washington Times

The U.S. energy boom and low gas prices have wreaked havoc with the federal government’s mandate to blend more ethanol and other biofuels into fuel supplies, leaving the Obama administration under fire and struggling to meet the mandates set by Congress nearly a decade ago.

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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

A look at the expiring surveillance provisions

- Associated Press

A look at the post-Sept. 11 surveillance provisions that, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, are set to expire when Sunday turns into Monday:

Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills

- Associated Press

In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.

In this March 9, 2015 photo, Mohammed Soltan is pushed by his father Salah during a court appearance in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian officials say authorities have freed Soltan, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, Saturday May 30, 2015, Soltan  had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news." (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy) ***EGYPT OUT***

Egypt frees Egyptian-American sentenced to life in prison

- Associated Press

Egyptian authorities freed an Egyptian-American on Saturday who was sentenced to life in prison and had been on hunger strike for over a year, forcing him to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition of his release.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, meets with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam

- Associated Press

America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

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

Associated Press

James Comer conceded, Matt Bevin accepted and Kentucky's race for governor finally got underway Friday following a tumultuous primary that left Democrats giddy and Republicans focused on uniting their scattered base.

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, asks questions about open carry legislation during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular session on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin, Texas.  Open carry in Texas is just a signature away from becoming law, as the House and Senate voted in rapid succession Friday to send the contentious bill to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure, opposed by most Democrats, would allow licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in belt or shoulder holsters. Abbott, a Republican, said emphatically on Friday that he would sign open carry into law. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns

- Associated Press

Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

Nebraska lawmakers interact in the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, May 29, 2015, on the last day of a legislative session that included a gas tax increase, the repeal of a ban on driver's licenses for young immigrants and the abolition of the death penalty. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers conclude historic 2015 session

- Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers concluded a historic 2015 session Friday marked by high-profile votes to raise the gas tax, allow driver's licenses for certain immigrant youths brought to the country illegally and abolish the death penalty.

Judicial conduct panel wants Flagstaff judge disciplined

- Associated Press

A panel of Arizona judicial conduct officials on Friday recommended that a Flagstaff judge be censured or removed from office for using government resources in his 2014 re-election bid, campaigning on government property and confronting a court employee who apparently supported his opponent.