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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas now has the nation's most restrictive abortion law - a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy - unless a lawsuit or court action intervenes before it takes effect this summer. By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It wasn't a ranked opponent Nebraska beat, but the students rushed the court anyway. When it comes to basketball history, the Cornhuskers haven't had much to celebrate. So a hard-fought 53-51 victory over Minnesota was reason enough Wednesday, with it being Senior Night and the last college basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 87-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night that snapped a six-game losing streak. Derrick Williams added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, and J.J. Barea scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department. By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Federal Reserve survey showed the U.S. economy expanded in all parts of the country in January and February, helped by strong auto sales, a continued recovery in housing and improved job prospects. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- A powerful snowstorm charged into the nation's capital on Wednesday, dumping heavy, wet flakes on the Mid-Atlantic region, snapping tree limbs and knocking out power to about 100,000 people. By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new poll finds the majority of Minnesotans questioned are against legalizing same-sex marriage. The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll ( http://bit.ly/Xq94hJ ) shows 53 percent of respondents say the state statute banning same-sex unions should stand. Thirty-eight percent say legislators should overturn the law this year and 9 percent are undecided.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's penchant for secrecy has won out over American-style transparency. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's penchant for secrecy has won out over American-style transparency.