Senate voted to scrap new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands
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Senate voted to scrap new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House objections, the Senate voted for a resolution Wednesday to scrap new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution. Senators voted 53-44 in favor of a “resolution of disapproval,” a measure that would void the regulations if also passed by the House and signed … Continue reading

Viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen
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Viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Carolina, NBC, 20.61 million. 2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.22 million. 3. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, CBS, 17.12 million. 4. “Sunday Night NFL Pregame,” NBC, 15.8 million. 5. “The Big … Continue reading

AP’s general news coverage in Virginia
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AP’s general news coverage in Virginia

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Virginia. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Richmond bureau at 804-643-6646 or aprichmond@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories … Continue reading

Striving to end a cycle of crisis
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Striving to end a cycle of crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to end a cycle of crisis, congressional leaders and the White House united Tuesday behind an ambitious budget and debt deal aimed at restoring a semblance of order to Capitol Hill and ending the threat of government shutdowns and defaults until well after a new president takes office. The outgoing House … Continue reading

Japanese stocks rise
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Japanese stocks rise

HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet on another shot of stimulus from the country’s central bank while other Asian benchmarks slipped ahead of U.S. growth figures and the Fed’s latest policy decision. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 18,884.33 while South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.4 percent … Continue reading

Medicare bills set to soar
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Medicare bills set to soar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older Americans got a double dose of bad news Thursday: There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, and Medicare bills are set to soar for many. It’s just the third time in 40 years that Social Security payments will remain flat. All three times have come since … Continue reading

Best-Selling Books Week Ended Oct. 11th
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Best-Selling Books Week Ended Oct. 11th

Best-Selling Books Week Ended Oct. 11th. FICTION 1. “The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) 2. “Twilight 10th Anniversary Ed.” by Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown) 3. “The Survivor” by Vince Flynn (Atria Books) 4. “Harry Potter/Sorcer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books) 5. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by George R.R. … Continue reading

Jeb Bush wise?
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Jeb Bush wise?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush appears to be healthy and wealthy, based on a batch of records released by the Republican presidential candidate Thursday. As for wise? Voters have time. Bush also listed each of the people, called bundlers, who have helped raise campaign dollars in groups of contributors. The 62-year-old former governor … Continue reading

Wildfire chewing Central Texas
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Wildfire chewing Central Texas

SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) — A wildfire chewing the same Central Texas forestland scorched by a devastating blaze in 2011 slowed dramatically Thursday as improving weather kept the deadly destruction of four years ago at bay. No rain is in sight to extinguish the latest flare-up that has burned 6 square miles, wiped out roughly two … Continue reading

Trains carrying volatile crude oil
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Trains carrying volatile crude oil

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. Media outlets report that the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter said Thursday they have given a 60-day notice of their plans … Continue reading