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FILE - In this April 4, 2019 photo a cannabis worker displays fresh cannabis flower buds that have been trimmed for market in Gardena, Calif. A marijuana decriminalization bill introduced in Congress on Tuesday, July 23, would tax pot at the federal level, eliminate criminal penalties and allow people with federal pot convictions to seek expungement. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
July 23, 2019 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the national level, and provide opportunities for people convicted of federal pot crimes to clear their records, were introduced Tuesday in Congress. The companion legislation in the House and Senate were introduced by Sen. Kamala...
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In this June 15, 2018 photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs that serve seniors and low-income people. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
July 23, 2019 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two veteran senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people. Iowa Republican...
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Demonstrators stand in front of riot control units during clashes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, July 22, 2019. Protesters are demanding Gov. Ricardo Rossello step down following the leak of an offensive, obscenity-laden online chat between him and his advisers that triggered the crisis. (AP Photo / Carlos Giusti)
July 23, 2019 - 3:26 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that threatens to bring down the U.S. territory's governor. One of the search warrants said that government...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, that the Federal Trade Commission will allege that Facebook misled users about its privacy practices as part of an expected settlement.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 23, 2019 - 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. regulation of technology companies (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A longtime digital advertising executive and antitrust expert says American consumers and news publishers need competitive tech markets. Dina Srinivasan spoke Tuesday after the Department of Justice...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, that the Federal Trade Commission will allege that Facebook misled users about its privacy practices as part of an expected settlement.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 23, 2019 - 2:43 pm
The U.S. Justice Department says it is opening a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation...
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FILE - Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station shown in a Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A roughly $1 billion financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants is all but certain after lawmakers on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 approved adding a new fee to every electricity bill in the state. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
July 23, 2019 - 11:53 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A roughly $1 billion financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants is on the way after lawmakers and the governor signed off on a plan Tuesday that will add a new fee to every electricity bill in the state. Backed mostly by Republicans, the legislation will hand over $150...
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July 23, 2019 - 10:25 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri congressman is questioning why immigration officials broke a car window and pulled a Mexican national out of his car while his girlfriend and their children were in the back seat. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Shawn Neudauer say the officers'...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 23, 2019 - 8:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are returning to Washington to assess a budget and debt deal between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, but there's no evidence of any last-gasp drama that could upset the hard-won compromise. Reaction to the two-year deal, which...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, cash is fanned out from a wallet in North Andover, Mass. Halfway through the year is an ideal time to check on your finances and prepare for year-end expenses. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
July 23, 2019 - 7:45 am
A typical July includes vacations, travel, shopping, weddings and beaches. Budgets? Not really. But the year's halfway point provides a great opportunity to take a close look at your financial health and goals. Now's a good time to "check yourself before you wreck yourself," says Nora Yousif,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., adjusts his glasses as he and other members of the Senate Republican leadership speak to the media after a weekly policy luncheon, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Washington. "Everybody ought to tone down their rhetoric," said McConnell. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 23, 2019 - 4:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debt and budget agreement between the White House and Congress (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the Senate will vote on the budget deal agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House before senators leave town for...
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