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Obama to step up power line projects

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The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation’s power grid. The projects are intended to serve as pilot demonstrations of streamlined federal permitting and improved cooperation among federal, state and tribal governments. The lines… Continue Reading Obama to step up power line projects

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House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday dismissed a Senate bill that could punish China for undervaluing its currency, saying it was “pretty dangerous” for Congress to tell another country how to run its monetary policy. Boehner’s statement to reporters came a day after the Senate voted 79-19 to advance legislation making it easier to impose… Continue Reading Boehner dismisses move to punish China on currency

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Medical marijuana users denied firearms

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The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is warning gun dealers that it is illegal for medical-marijuana patients to buy firearms. The agency sent out a letter Sept. 21 that says marijuana use is still barred by federal law, even though it has been approved for medical use in Colorado. According to the… Continue Reading Medical marijuana users denied firearms

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President Barack Obama is heading to Denver to pitch his jobs plan in the city where he accepted the Democratic nomination. But as he’s acknowledged at fundraisers up and down the West Coast, this election isn’t like 2008. Obama told a star-studded Hollywood fundraiser Monday night that this time around people are weary, and the… Continue Reading Obama pitches jobs plan in Denver, ends West Coast fundraising tour

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Pueblo Chemical Depot still a danger

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Federal officials say safety is still a concern at the Pueblo Chemical Depot because of leaking weapons. Quality assurance specialist Lisabeth Watchutka says more than 100 of the 780,000 chemical weapons stored at the depot have leaked since 1973. Watchutka says that’s a small percentage, but safety is still a concern. Authorities say no one… Continue Reading Pueblo Chemical Depot still a danger

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Two years after the economic stimulus plan, a new government audit finds that about one-third of the money authorized for an energy efficiency program has not been spent. The Energy Department’s inspector general says that state and local governments have left as much $879 million unspent from a $2.7 billion program intended to boost energy… Continue Reading Gov’t audit: Stimulus funds for energy go unspent

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Helping the East Coast recover from Hurricane Irene will test the military’s new plan to avoid the chaos that plagued the response to Hurricane Katrina. The Defense Department says National Guard officers have been appointed as “dual-status commanders” to direct both active-duty and Guard troops helping civilian officials in New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina… Continue Reading Irene tests military’s revamped disaster response

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Suthers, Polis debate legalizing marijuana

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Colorado’s most prominent politicians for and against legalizing marijuana are talking about the question today in Vail. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and Republican Attorney General John Suthers are among the participants in a discussion at the Vail Symposium. Polis says the federal government should end marijuana prohibition and let states decide whether to allow the… Continue Reading Suthers, Polis debate legalizing marijuana

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After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job growth. The brighter… Continue Reading 4-month low in unemployment claims eases fears

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Dollar declines as Fed policymakers meet

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The dollar is dropping as U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting. UBS analyst Chris Walker says that given the recent fears that the chance of a recession has increased, investor expectations have grown that there could be a significant policy announcement from the Fed. He says UBS economists don’t expect a big rescue effort, however.… Continue Reading Dollar declines as Fed policymakers meet

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