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Blizzard dumping snow in South; DC major says ‘hunker down’

By BEN NUCKOLS and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Shoppers raided grocery and hardware stores, bishops excused Catholics from Sunday Mass and the nation’s capital was shutting down Friday, just…

Public clash between first lady, school lunch chiefs ending?

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — A bipartisan Senate agreement would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in…

Fundraising ‘do not call’? Florida lawmaker swears it off

By JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Florida Rep. David Jolly promises not to ask for money. The Republican, who is running in one of the year’s most competitive — and…

Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive action to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in…

Obama touts Australia’s contribution to Islamic State fight

By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its “steadfast” alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he we…

Gov’t report: Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — A government report released Tuesday estimates that this year’s budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be…

FBI: Violent crime rose in first 6 months of 2015 over 2014

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Violent crime rose across in the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before, according to preliminary data…

After State of Union, Obama heads to Nebraska, Louisiana

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama is hitting the road after his final State of the Union address. Obama was visiting Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, and following…

Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union

By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears…

Sanders ad burst coincides with upward movement in polls

By JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Bernie Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primaries — outspending his rival Hillary Clinton…