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  • Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

    By DAVID ESPO - Associated Press

    Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Published July 31, 2014

  • Softer side of immigrant detention shown in Texas

    By JIM VERTUNO - Associated Press

    Federal immigration officials on Thursday sought to show the softer side of immigrant detention, complete with cartoon wall murals, stuffed animals, playgrounds, snacks and a hair salon at a South Texas facility that will house women and their children who crossed the border illegally. Published July 31, 2014

  • Immigration courts speed up children's cases

    By AMY TAXIN - Associated Press

    Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard. Published July 31, 2014

  • Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

    By STEVE PEOPLES and RIK STEVENS - Associated Press

    Promising to visit New Hampshire often, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended his economic record against Democratic attacks while courting voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the second time in little more than a month ahead of a prospective White House bid. Published July 31, 2014

  • Gov. Brewer appoints Maricopa County judge

    By Associated Press

    Gov. Jan Brewer has filled a judicial vacancy in Maricopa County Superior Court. Published July 31, 2014

  • CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    By KEN DILANIAN - Associated Press

    The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Published July 31, 2014

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials

    By The Associated Press - Associated Press

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 31 Published July 31, 2014

  • Witnesses: No security-camera videos show blast

    By BRADY McCOMBS - Associated Press

    The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there have never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off. Published July 31, 2014

  • Prosecutor challenges Ohio prison release option

    By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS - Associated Press

    A procedure allowing the Ohio prisons director to recommend to judges early release for certain offenders violates the constitutional separation of powers, a prosecutor says in a court challenge to the policy. Published July 31, 2014

  • Hearing reset for suspect in UN soldier deaths

    By COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press

    A federal immigration court judge delayed a hearing Thursday for a Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980. Published July 31, 2014

  • Activist donates civil rights-era posters to UNM

    By Associated Press

    A long-time activist has donated his posters from the civil rights era to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. Published July 31, 2014

  • Key activist urges write-ins in Republican primary

    By DAVE GRAM - Associated Press

    A key Vermont Republican activist is urging party members to skip voting for Scott Milne and the other declared candidates for the party's gubernatorial nomination, and write in a libertarian instead. Published July 31, 2014

  • Former bank president faces federal charges

    By Associated Press

    A former Coffee County bank president is accused of receiving cash in exchange for loans and making false bank entries. Published July 31, 2014

  • Lawmakers hold final meeting of 2-year session

    By STEVE LeBLANC - Associated Press

    Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to complete work on several proposed new laws with Thursday marking the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013. Published July 31, 2014

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