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Boehner survives conservative challenge, re-elected U.S. House speaker

Boehner takes the gavel from Pelosi after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress. Boehner received 216 of 408 votes, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama's immigration and healthcare policies. ...


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House reauthorizes special committee probing Benghazi attack

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, House Select Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, talks with the committee's ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The GOP-led House voted Tuesday to extend a special committee’s investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. The move to reauthorize the politically charged panel was included in a rules package for the new Congress that passed 234 to 172, mostly along party lines. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led House voted Tuesday to extend a special committee's investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador.


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Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

This Dec. 8, 2014, photo shows a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The memorial is at the site where Brown, an 18-year-old black male, was shot and killed by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, citing "grave legal concerns," is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


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Syria’s accusation against John McCain

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) leaves after Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) speech on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, in WashingtonUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday accused U.S. Senator John McCain, former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and two others of entering the country illegally.


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Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami BeachNEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement denying he had sex with an underage girl on financier Jeffrey Epstein's private plane and island. Dershowitz filed the statement in Florida federal court on Monday night, along with a motion to join in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Dershowitz's accuser and other women who say Epstein sexually abused them. The women say the government's 2008 plea deal with Epstein, which allowed him to serve jail time on state charges but avoid federal prosecution, violated their rights. ...


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Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami BeachNEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement denying he had sex with an underage girl on financier Jeffrey Epstein's private plane and island. Dershowitz filed the statement in Florida federal court on Monday night, along with a motion to join in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Dershowitz's accuser and other women who say Epstein sexually abused them. The women say the government's 2008 plea deal with Epstein, which allowed him to serve jail time on state charges but avoid federal prosecution, violated their rights. ...


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Showdown looms as North Dakota legislators mull oil levy sharing

Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's legislature will decide how to divvy up oil tax revenue among the state's 53 counties, and whether to wave sales taxes on materials used to build natural gas pipelines and chemical plants in a biennial session starting on Tuesday. How to share lucrative tax revenue from booming oil production promises to be the most contentious part of the 80-day session, with politicians from the state's western oil producing counties clamoring for more money to build roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. ...


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