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Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

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House authorizes GOP-led plan to sue Obama alleging he exceeded constitutional powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — House authorizes GOP-led plan to sue Obama alleging he exceeded constitutional powers.

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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

This Nov. 5, 2013 file photo shows Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of HealthCare.gov, the online portal to coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. The report faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services — for ineffective oversight of contracts for HealthCare.gov's computerized sign-up system and its electronic back office. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

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Ticket me Elmo: NYC weighs street character law

A person dressed as Elmo shakes hands with a pedestrian in Times Square on Monday, July 28, 2014 in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licensed and regulated. Dozens of people dressed as kids’ favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Batman stand near 42nd Street and pose for photos with tourists in exchange for money. De Blasio said the practice has “gone too far.”  A man dressed as Spider-man was arrested Saturday, July 28, 2014, after punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists.  The City Council is working on legislation that would require the characters to get a city-approved license.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — A summer spike in costumed characters behaving badly in Times Square — most recently a Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer — has turned up the heat on plans to regulate the legions of Elmos, Cookie Monsters and Statues of Liberty who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

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Correction: Exxon Mobil-Gay Rights story

IRVING, Texas (AP) — In a story July 22 about new federal anti-discrimination rules, The Associated Press reported erroneously the value of Exxon Mobil Corp. shares held by investors who supported amending the company’s equal employment opportunity statement. The New York state comptroller said the investors’ shares are worth about $51.4 billion, not $41.5 billion.

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