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Exclusive: White House considers former banking lawyer for Fed board - sources

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - A former lawyer with the American Bankers Association is being considered by the White House as a possible nominee to the board of the Federal Reserve, according to sources familiar with the efforts

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Hagel begins first trip to Latin America as U.S. defense chief 23 Apr 2014

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as Pentagon chief would add "muscle and sinew" to growing North American defense ties and highlight the importance of helping partner nations improve their militaries.

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Democratic governors challenge Connecticut campaign finance law 23 Apr 2014

- The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates.

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Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy 23 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been linked to al Qaeda.

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Vote delayed on loan guarantee for World Trade Center developer 23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - The board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Wednesday delayed a scheduled vote on whether to provide $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, the latest holdup for the project.

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Georgia governor signs gun carry rights expansion into law 23 Apr 2014

ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun carry rights into law on Wednesday, allowing legal gun owners to take weapons into bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions.

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U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders 23 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving.

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California lawmakers, bruised by scandal, turn to ethics training 23 Apr 2014

SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers, their reputation tarnished by fraud and corruption scandals, on Wednesday took a break from normal business to attend ethics training, the latest step by the state Senate to repair its image as elections loom.

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Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies 2:40am BST

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. | Video

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U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit 23 Apr 2014

TOKYO - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.