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  • AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in “bite-sized” infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers — these are the prescriptions of…

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block…

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the bill…

  • Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project. Cabinet chief Pedro Cateriano…

  • Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it’s becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Senate passes trade bill sought by Obama on bipartisan vote WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade…

  • Former CEO’s lawsuit against Sands China stays in Nevada

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because of the influence Adelson wielded over…

  • Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation. DolarToday,…

  • Senate approves Obama’s hard-fought trade negotiating bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority. The bill now faces a tough battle in the House. The Senate…

  • The Latest on Waco shooting: Biker group gets proclamation

    5:15 p.m. CDT The same group that organized a biker meeting in Texas that ended in violence has received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.” The…

  • Group that organized biker meeting gets city proclamation

    Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists’ meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness…

  • California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25…

  • Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton

    DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to…

  • VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

    DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will…

  • Oil shouldn’t spoil vacations for California beach tourists

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Images of sticky black beaches and stories of the stink of oil from a broken coastal pipeline shouldn’t force canceled plans for the vast majority of tourists planning ocean vacations in…