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E15 ethanol debate reaches tipping point in Congress

For gasoline retailers, it’s an annual tradition: Each summer, federal law requires them to swap out the higher-blend ethanol fuel E15 from their pumps to comply with EPA regulations that limit ground-level ozone. But the debate over whether E15 — gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, an increasingly popular alternative ...

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A morning's baseball drill becomes an assault on Republicans

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – First came the ping of baseball bats, a familiar sound of the leafy neighborhood’s morning. Then the crack of gunfire, which isn’t. It started with a single pop, which for a split second was not alarming to the Republican members of Congress who had gathered for ...

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Kentucky's largest lobbyist opposes ethics ruling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s largest lobbyist says it opposes a judge’s ruling that allows lobbyists to give money to political candidates. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday it is urging the Kentucky Board of Elections and the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission to appeal U.S. District Judge William Berlesman’s ...

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California aims to quash immigration detention growth

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – California is aiming to quash the growth of immigration detention in the state in a proposed budget measure to push back against the Trump administration’s plans to boost deportations. The state’s $125 billion budget is set to be approved Thursday. A related measure would prevent ...

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Editorials from around New York

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: (Plattsburgh) Press-Republican on property assessments by the Plattsburgh city government. June 14 The City of Plattsburgh Common Council must stop stepping outside its boundaries to reduce property assessments. Councilors have granted a couple of controversial reductions and that has ...

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The Latest: Giffords: Shooting is an attack on democracy

PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on reaction from past shooting victims on the Wednesday shooting at a congressional baseball practice(all times local): 10:10 a.m. Gabby Giffords, the former U.S. representative who was shot during a public meeting with her constituents in Arizona six years ago, says she is heart-broken for ...

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Can Black Lives Matter be sued? Activist's attorney says no.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – An activist’s attorney claims Black Lives Matter is a movement and not an organization that can be sued by a Louisiana police officer who was injured at a protest after a deadly police shooting. A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether ...

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Conservative lawmaker known for love of baseball

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol’s ornate Statuary Hall. Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, was shot Wednesday along with several ...

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Congress somber after attack

Much of Congress’s business shut down Wednesday morning after a senior House lawmaker, an aide and two U.S. Capitol Police officers were shot at a baseball practice earlier in the day in Alexandria. The House gaveled into session at 10 a.m. and quickly gaveled out, saying it would reconvene at ...

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Eric Swalwell knocks Jeff Sessions for inability to 'recall' key momen…

Rep. Eric Swalwell knocked Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday for failing to recall key moments during his testimony. “What I think is more telling is what Jeff Sessions would not say. If he wrote a memoir, I think it would be called ‘I don’t recall,’ ” Mr. Swalwell, California ...

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