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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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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.

Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act

- Associated Press

Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.

FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

- Associated Press

Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile's soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn't formally accused of anything.

Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case

- Associated Press

A judge on Friday deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again gave strong indications he might toss the lawsuit.