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Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

France tracks hundreds of suspected terrorists

France is tracking hundreds of people believed to belong to possible sleeper cells for terror organizations like al-Qaida or the Islamic State group, the country's top security official said.

Danish intelligence: No sign gunman was planning attacks

Despite a warning from prison authorities that the gunman behind a weekend shooting spree in Copenhagen was at risk of being radicalized in jail, Danish intelligence officials insisted Tuesday they had no reason to believe he was plotting attacks after his release.

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.

Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

Republicans critical of Obama's 'amnesty bonuses'

Millions of immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's executive actions could get a windfall from the IRS, a reversal of fortune after years of paying taxes to help fund government programs they were banned from receiving.

US to appeal ruling blocking Obama immigration plan

The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday.

What it actually means when someone flaunts their relationship on Facebook

Here's some bummer news well-suited to the year's most bummer holiday: All those obnoxiously couple-y Facebook couples, forever flaunting their "ussies" and "in a relationship" statuses, may actually be as #blessed and happy as they say.

3-D printing aims to rewrite the script on cooking

Printed pastries with individually tailored nutrient levels. Ravioli that assemble themselves. Wedding cake toppers that are exact, tiny, renditions of the happy couple. It's all possible thanks to a fresh meeting of taste and technology that has chefs exploring what 3-D printing might mean for the future of food.

Three-decade 'megadroughts' forecast for Southwest

The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what's coming: a "megadrought" that will grip that region and the central plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.

With crude supplies surging, Obama steers clear of oil strike

Don’t count on President Barack Obama to end the biggest U.S. oil workers’ strike since 1980, say labor attorneys, including a former member of the federal board that protects employees’ rights to organize.

As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for ACA clients

Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama’s law could be short-lived.

Study: Long "megadrought" likely in western US

SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming -- and they're bound to last for decades.

Obama seeks war authority from Congress

WASHINGTON – Vowing that Islamic State forces are “going to lose,” President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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