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Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest
A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.
Attention turns to vote-counting on immigration
Backers of far-reaching immigration legislation are turning their attention to courting support and counting votes after the Senate pushed the contentious bill over early procedural hurdles.
Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers
Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.
Immigration debate clears procedural Senate hurdle
In Spanish and English, the Senate pushed contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles with deceptive ease on Tuesday as President Barack Obama insisted the “moment is now” to give 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a chance at citizenship.
Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year
With the Senate ready to cast the first floor votes on a landmark immigration bill, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday he thinks there’s a good chance the legislation can be signed into law “by the end of the year.”
Feds now back morning-after pills for all girls
After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration said it will comply with a judge’s order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.
Records show past turmoil in Calif. gunman’s home
The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica once said the shooter’s father had threatened to kill her at least twice during years of turmoil in the family, according to court records obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
2 dead in burned home near Calif. college shooting
Two people were found dead Friday in a burned home near Santa Monica College, where someone sprayed a street corner with gunfire, wounding at least four people, authorities said.
Health care thorny issue in immigration debate
Health care coverage for newly legalized immigrants is emerging as a thorny issue in Congress’ drive to remake the nation’s immigration system, posing hard-to-solve problems for Senate negotiators and threatening a bill-writing effort in the House.
In California, Obama and Xi seek to build new ties
Seeking a fresh start to a complex relationship, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats.
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