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  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit May 21 18,112,975 Statutory debt…

  • Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that gives Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. Achieving a deal with…

  • Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees “no role whatsoever” for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. The existing U.S.…

  • US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in…

  • Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices surged to a record on Friday, a month after bird flu was first detected in the chicken flock in Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producer. Midwest large eggs…

  • Gold, silver little changed

    The May gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,204.30 an ounce — down 10 cents. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed at $17.03 an ounce — down 8…

  • What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and…

  • Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

    NEW YORK (AP) — A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer’s massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from…

  • Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

    The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since…

  • Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for…

  • USS Harry S. Truman leaves shipyard following maintenance

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Navy says the nuclear-powered USS Harry S. Truman has finished seven months of maintenance at a Virginia shipyard. The aircraft carrier left Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth on Friday. The…

  • US stocks mostly unchanged on lower oil, higher inflation

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly unchanged in late afternoon trading Friday as energy companies fell along with the price of oil. Investors are weighing the latest batch of corporate earnings results and…

  • Adult dating site investigating possible breach of user data

    The operator of a popular adult dating website says it’s investigating a potential security breach, following a report that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual preferences of up to 4 million…

  • Blackhawks recall D van Riemsdyk from minors

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from Rockford of the American Hockey League, and coach Joel Quenneville says he might be able to play in the Western Conference finals against…

  • Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer…