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Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.

‘This Law Is Working,’ Obama Says Of Health Care

‘This Law Is Working,’ Obama Says Of Health Care

President Obama on Tuesday said the troubled HealthCare.gov website “is working well for the vast majority of users” and his Affordable Care Act “is working and will work into the future.”

HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says

HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says

White House officials say the government’s health insurance website, which has been plagued with problems ever since it launched in October, is now working smoothly for most users.

Poultry Pardon: President Rewards America’s Top Turkey

Poultry Pardon: President Rewards America’s Top Turkey

A turkey caught a break in Washington today. President Obama bestowed the traditional presidential pardon to a turkey named Popcorn, who now becomes the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House

A former president, a baseball legend, a country music star and a woman who’s a powerhouse in American media were among 16 people honored Wednesday at the White House with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

11 Days After Typhoon, Parts Of Philippines Yet To Be Helped

11 Days After Typhoon, Parts Of Philippines Yet To Be Helped

On Day 11 of the disaster caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, “I am not so sure that we’ve reached every single portion of the territory where people are in need of aid,” Bernard Kerblat, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees representative for the Philippines, said Monday.

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii’s Senate has given the OK to a bill allowing same-sex marriage, which now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign.

Administration Invites HealthCare.gov Users To Try Again

Administration Invites HealthCare.gov Users To Try Again

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking more than 275,000 people who tried and failed to sign up for health plans on the stalled HealthCare.gov website to give it another shot.

Obama Apologizes To Those Who Lost Health Plans

Obama Apologizes To Those Who Lost Health Plans

In addition to his apology, the president pledged to help those who have complained that the new law is forcing them to sign up for a more expensive plan.

Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp Benefits

Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp Benefits

More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting a bit less starting Friday when a temporary benefit enacted as part of the federal stimulus expires.