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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A political battle is reheating over a federal program that was designed to cancel student loans for certain public workers but has largely failed to deliver that promise. The program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, promises to erase federal student loans for public workers who make 10 years of payments while working for approved employers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 29, 2019 - 4:57 am
In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that's left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. A new poll finds that Americans are giving Democrats a clear advantage on health care as the 2020 presidential campaign gears up. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 26, 2019 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are giving Democrats a clear edge on health care as the 2020 presidential race gears up, according to a new poll that also finds many Republicans backing one of their competitors' top ideas: a government insurance plan people can buy into. But support for the plan that...
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In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, a sold sign is shown in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, April 25, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
April 25, 2019 - 11:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the fourth straight week, though they remain historically low as a spur to home sales in the spring buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.20% from...
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President Donald Trump waves after talking to reporters as he leaves the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for a trip to Atlanta with first lady Melania Trump to participate an opioids summit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 24, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just say no. As House Democrats ramp up their post-Mueller investigations into President Donald Trump, his strategy for responding is simple: Resist on every legal front. The administration is straining to hold off congressional investigators, including their efforts to obtain the...
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April 24, 2019 - 5:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A key prosecution witness at a trial highlighting corruption in college basketball testified for a second day Wednesday about money he paid to college football players to secure them as clients as he described how vulnerable young athletes become prey for vulture-like agents and...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cummings says the White House is now in “open defiance” of his panel after lawyers advised a former official to resist a subpoena related to the committee’s investigation of White House security clearances. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 24, 2019 - 7:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cummings says the White House is now in “open defiance” of his panel after lawyers advised a former official to resist a subpoena related to the committee’s investigation of White House security clearances. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 23, 2019 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the...
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April 23, 2019 - 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional investigations of the Trump administration (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is asking for more time to respond to House Democrats' request for President Donald Trump's tax returns. Mnuchin says in a letter to House Ways and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a sign is posted near a newly constructed home in Natick, Mass. On Tuesday, April 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in March. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 23, 2019 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes increased 4.5% in March, the third straight monthly gain as the housing market appears to be cautiously recovering from a mortgage rate spike last year that caused homebuying to slump. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new homes sold at a seasonally...
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April 18, 2019 - 7:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and his son, Paul Suzuki, 40, arrived in custody in the U.S. on Wednesday,...
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