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Obama seeking $300 billion for roads, railways
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update roads and railways, arguing the taxpayer investment will help put Americans to work.
Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down
A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation’s second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Holder: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending
State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.
Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins
A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
Brief in Oklahoma gay marriage ban lawsuit expected
Lawyers for a Tulsa County Clerk face a Monday deadline to file a brief outlining an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont
Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for “The Sound of Music,” has died. She was 99.
Railroads confront crude safety
Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.
A fading passion — debt, deficits recede from view
Just four years ago, deficits and debt were an explosive political combination, propelling Republicans to control of the House and fueling the budget fights that would ensue over the next three years.
Eisenhower Memorial unchanged, despite objections
Architect Frank Gehry is maintaining key elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall in a revised concept presented Thursday, despite criticism from a federal arts panel and outside groups.
Roadside survey of impaired driving causes outcry
Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother’s house.
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