• Cruz tells anti-tax group 'No' to Common Core in schools

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill. Voting yes were 174 Democrats and 183 Republicans. Voting no were...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending

    Updated: 24 min ago

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives Friday night that no defense strategy will protect the...

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. They were reluctant given the...

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted. Many farmers...

  • Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with "a ton of feedback," Google said Friday that it instead will "step up...

  • Colorado's marijuana businesses growing less than they could

    The Associated Press
    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's marijuana industry is producing a lot less than it could, according to a state report released Friday. Although state laws limit how many plants a business can cultivate, the monthly average for medical marijuana businesses last year ranged from a third to about...

  • Yellen meets with conservative groups unhappy with Fed

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. The meeting, which was set up in early February, came two days after Yellen came under heavy...

  • Former US Rep. Rick Renzi reports to prison for 3-year term

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. Renzi previously succeeded in postponing the start of his sentence. But the 9th...

  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25...

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