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People walk past the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Senate OKs GOP balanced-budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

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Gas tax hike talks have not died, according to NJ lawmakers

Negotiations to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), possibly with an increase in the gas tax, have not broken off despite published reports to the contrary, according to leaders in the General Assembly. They said the talks continue, but politics is at play and that could stall a gas tax hike for the time being.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obamacare, safety net programs targeted in House GOP budget

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are using their new congressional majorities to push strikingly conservative budgets through the House and Senate, aiming to eliminate deficits by overturning President Barack Obama's health care law and slashing safety net programs for the poor.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Cruz launches presidential campaign at Christian college

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Monday morning.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
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Netanyahu rules out Palestinian state as Israelis vote

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis were voting in parliament elections Tuesday, after a heated three-month campaign that focused on economic issues but ended with a dramatic last-minute pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
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Utah set to bring back death sentence by firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah - the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad - is poised to bring back the Old West-style executions if the state cannot track down drugs used in lethal injections.

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International headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is seen in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
International headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is seen in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
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U of Oklahoma fraternity in racist video has roots in antebellum South

Sigma Alpha Epsilon's international headquarters may be in Illinois, but the fraternity's roots are firmly planted in the antebellum South. "We came up from Dixie land," says a ditty from an old songbook, boasting about SAE's success.

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