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  • Lawmakers question effectiveness of dietary guidelines story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government's dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task - selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public.

  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan steps down after 7-year term story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 6:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - Arne Duncan, who followed President Barack Obama to Washington to serve as his education secretary, announced Friday he will step down following a seven-year tenure marked by a willingness to plunge head-on into the heated debate about the government's role in education.

  • Vilsack unveils nearly $2.6 million in grants for Pine Ridge 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 10:18 pm

    PORCUPINE, South Dakota - Nearly $2.6 million in grants for economic development efforts on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are going to projects ranging from water and waste disposal at a tribal college to training businesses on buffalo meat processing, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday during a visit to the area.

  • Judge upholds Iowa law disqualifying felons from voting 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:30 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa judge upheld a state law that disqualifies felons from voting but said the state Supreme Court needs to sort out the confusion it caused last year when it ruled not all felons are automatically disenfranchised.

  • Lawsuits challenge limits on industry that aim to save bird 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 6:04 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - Officials in Idaho and Nevada and some mining companies sued the federal government over new restrictions on mining, energy development and grazing that are intended to protect a declining bird species across millions of acres of the American West.

  • Government shutdown could cut off food stamps 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 6:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.

  • Another food fight? Congress mulls school meal standards story has photos
    Updated: Sep-18-15 3:40 am

    WASHINGTON - Congress is deciding whether it wants another pitched battle with first lady Michelle Obama and the administration over school lunches that put more whole grains in kids' meals and cut salty foods.

  • Ex-USDA official in settlement over supposedly racist video 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official whose supposed racist remarks on video ignited a firestorm in 2010, has reached a tentative settlement with the widow of a conservative blogger who posted the edited images, a federal judge said Tuesday.

  • State helicopters won't fight federal forest fires this year 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 4:57 pm

    HELENA, Montana - Federal officials say Montana has a safe aviation program, but it is unlikely the state's five firefighting helicopters will be used to respond to blazes on U.S. Forest Service lands this year.