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Obama picks ex-Bank of Israel head as No. 2 at Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

Emails: Police partly in dark on NJ lane closings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Newly released emails show a police captain had a difficult time getting details about lane closings near the George Washington Bridge that appeared to have been politically orchestrated.

US issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is advising Americans going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care.

More documents released in NJ bridge scandal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee investigating politically influenced traffic jams that led to a public apology by Gov. Chris Christie has released hundreds of pages of documents.

US withdraws diplomat after India expulsion demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. diplomat will leave India after the government there demanded expulsion in retaliation for the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York.

U.S. Congress to pass stopgap funding bill next week: top Republican

The U.S. House of Representatives next week will pass a stop-gap funding measure to prevent a government shutdown for three days as negotiators try to finalize a $1 trillion spending bill, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Friday. This will allow more time for the spending bill to clear often lengthy procedural hurdles in the U.S. Senate. Lawmakers have been trying to reach agreement on the massive funding bill by January 15, when all government spending authority expires for military and domestic discretionary programs and federal agencies. But negotiators on the measure, which sets thousands of budget line items from national parks to Pentagon weapons programs, still have a number of funding and policy issues to resolve that will likely take through this weekend.

Obama lunches with youth promoting health sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lunching with five young people to call attention to the need for young Americans to enroll for insurance through his health care law.

Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of drugs.

Feds recognize same-sex couples in Utah

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold.

US names militants involved in Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration for the first time on Friday identified two militant groups in Libya, including one led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, as being allegedly involved in the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

New Tunisian leader faces economic challenges

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia swore in a new caretaker prime minister Friday and he faces a multitude of challenges: organizing the country's first election for a permanent post-revolutionary government, fixing a deteriorating economic situation and placating an unhappy populace.

Chris Christie's Two-Hour Press Conference In Just Two Words

In case you missed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s nearly two-hour long press conference Thursday, or didn’t quite make it through the marathon talk-session, it can be boiled down to two words — “know” and “people.” A word map analysis conducted by ABC News, based...

Dozens of Democrats support House proposal on Obamacare security

A bill focused on potential security problems with the Obamacare website passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Friday with the support of dozens of Democrats despite opposition from the White House. The House voted 291-122 to approve legislation by Republican Representative Joe Pitts that would require the government to notify Americans within two days if their personal information has been compromised on the federal website, HealthCare.gov, where consumers can shop and buy health insurance. "The administration knowingly launched a website before final security testing was completed after repeatedly testifying that everything was 'on track,' which we now know was not the case," Pitts said.

House passes bill targeting health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would impose new security requirements on the Obama administration's implementation of the health care law.

Potential 2016 U.S. presidential contenders shadow 2014 elections

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The elections that will decide who controls the U.S. Congress and most state governorships are 10 months away, but they already are becoming an early test of the political muscle of several potential contenders for the White House in 2016. No one has officially announced that they are seeking election in 2016 to be Democratic President Barack Obama's successor. But the race for the White House effectively will begin right after the 2014 election ballots are counted on November 4, so this year's elections could help build momentum - and a team of allies - for anyone considering a run for president. With that scenario as a backdrop, potential contenders for the Republican presidential nomination such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have begun getting involved in 2014 congressional and governor's races.

Former Bank of Israel head gets Fed vice chair nod

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama intends to nominate Stanley Fischer, a former head of the Bank of Israel, to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, replacing Janet Yellen, who is ascending to the central bank's chairmanship.

AP Sources: Former RNC chairman to run for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican officials say Ed Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is telling fellow Republicans that he intends to run for the Senate in Virginia.

Karzai not seen meeting U.S. deadline on security deal

U.S. efforts to persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security agreement according to Washington's timetable will likely fail, the lead American negotiator has warned the Obama administration, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. In a classified cable that the Post said was transmitted in recent days, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham wrote that he did not think Karzai would agree to sign the agreement before Afghanistan's presidential election in April, the newspaper said, citing U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The United States wants the Afghanistan government to sign the agreement in matter of weeks if a contingent of U.S. troops is to remain there after 2014, the White House said on Monday. Without a deal, the United States could pull out all troops, the "zero option," leaving Afghan forces to battle the Taliban on their own.