Hagel to reassure Gulf allies on Iran deal
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a tough challenge as he looks to reassure nervous allies in the Gulf that the U.S. will continue its strong military support to the region, even as world powers move forward on the nuclear pact with Iran.
US identifies American teacher killed in Libya
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the American shot to death while jogging in Libya is a teacher named Ronald Thomas Smith II.
Kerry seeks to soothe Israeli security concerns
JERUSALEM (AP) — Looking to soothe irritated relations with Israel, America's top diplomat on Thursday pledged to support the Jewish state's security throughout separate negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians — including Israel's demand that it "defend itself, by itself."
Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
VP Biden in South Korea for last stop on Asia tour
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden traveled to South Korea Thursday on the final leg of a three-country tour of Asia that has focused on security concerns in the region.
Govt plan aims to keep older drivers safe on road
WASHINGTON (AP) — Silver could take on a whole new meaning when it comes to car shopping. With more elderly drivers on the road, the federal government is contemplating a "silver car" rating system that will help identify which cars better protect elderly drivers and passengers in a crash.
Chamber of Commerce ads to run in Idaho, W.Va.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.
White House pushes for jobless aid extension
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn't renewed by the end of the month, slowing economic growth.
Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.
Pelosi nixes budget deal without jobless benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.
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