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Lew says Congress should turn efforts toward business taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators in both parties squared off with the Obama administration Wednesday about whether the threat of new sanctions would scuttle nuclear talks with Iran as House Speaker John Boehner, without consulting the White House, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

TOKYO (AP) — One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Hospital staff mourns surgeon fatally wounded by gunman

BOSTON (AP) — Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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