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Congress votes final passage on highway bill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 09:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.

The Senate passed the House-written bill on an 81-13 vote after rejecting it earlier this week. The legislation includes enough money to fund highway and transit programs at promised levels through next May. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Ebola patient to be transferred to Emory hospital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 09:04 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta say there are plans for an American aid worker in Africa who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment.

The officials say the hospital has a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that's used to treat people with certain serious infectious diseases.

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A 91-3 vote in the Senate sent the $16.3 billion measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House had voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill on Wednesday.

The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see VA doctors and cover-ups of the delays at several of the VA's 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Damaged Delaware bridge on I-495 partially reopens

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:40 PM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware transportation officials have partially reopened a bridge on a key East Coast interstate that was closed in early June because several supporting columns were tilting.

Officials said southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River reopened Thursday afternoon, about a month earlier than expected.

Police: Costumed girl injured at Comic-Con fell

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:39 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault.

The 17-year-old girl was found in the pool area of a hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is held. After a four-day investigation, San Diego Harbor Police concluded that the girl's injuries and physical evidence at the scene are consistent with a fall from about 6 feet.

Obama: Everyone can learn from Special Olympics

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:36 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Special Olympics and its athletes represent values like pride, dignity and teamwork that offer lessons for all people.

Obama is marking the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics with a dinner and celebration at the White House. He's praising athletes who have gone on to contribute to their communities in various ways after competing in the Special Olympics.

Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Cantor has used his farewell as House majority leader to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he says is rife with instability and terror.

The Virginia Republican spoke on the House floor Thursday. It was his final day as No. 2 House GOP leader.

Cantor was unexpectedly defeated by an underfunded, tea party backed opponent in his Republican primary in June. He immediately announced he would step down as majority leader at the end of July.

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:55 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills.

And so are NHL Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, a person close to the process confirmed Thursday night to The Associated Press while speaking on the condition of anonymity because the sale is supposed to be private.

Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:49 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote.

The 50-44 vote Thursday night fell short of the 60 votes needed to waive a point of order raised by Republicans against the $3.5 billion bill.

The action came hours before the Senate adjourns for a five-week recess.

House Republicans are still working to pass a border bill in the House, but even if they succeed the legislation will not go anywhere.

Arrested Spider-Man: Characters make Times Square

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square says its superhero and comic characters are key ingredients of the flavor of the Crossroads of the World.

Junior Bishop spoke after a brief, procedural court appearance Thursday. He said Times Square's costumed characters, ticket agents and others who interact with passers-by "make it what it is."

He says children enjoy seeing him and other costumed figures, and "it's all positive."

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