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Aging Holocaust Survivors Try to Sue Over Nazi-Era Insurance

AVENTURA, Fla. — When David Schaecter was a child in Slovakia in the 1930s, he counted more than 100 people in his extended family. By the end of World War II, he alone survived. The rest had been killed in …

US Suspends Low-Level Radioactive Waste Shipments to Nevada

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada congressman called for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s resignation Wednesday after the department acknowledged dozens of shipments of low-level radioactive waste shipped to a site north of Las Vegas may have been mislabeled and out …

Congress Passes $19 Billion in Disaster Aid, Sends Bill to Trump

The House cleared a $19 billion disaster-aid plan for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires on Monday after months of negotiations and a final delay of more than a week caused by Republican objections. The bill, passed …

Congress’ Newest Class Coming in

Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans …

Delegation Watches Wildfire Simulation in South Carolina Lab

Members of Congress traveled to South Carolina to watch a simulated wildfire and learn how building codes can lessen a fire’s destruction. Four Republican congressmen toured the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in Chester County on Tuesday. They …

White House Expected to Seek Billions in Sandy Disaster Aid

The White House is expected in the coming days to send Congress a multi-billion dollar request to fund recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $71 billion in damages in New York and New Jersey. Congressional aides said there …

Victims of California Train Crash Seek Help From Congress

Victims of a deadly train crash in Los Angeles four years ago have expressed disappointment in Congress’ failure to increase a railroad liability cap that they believe inadequately compensates them for their pain and suffering. Victims and relatives of those …

Congress Poised to Pass Safety-Focused FDA Bill

A bill designed to beef up the safety of U.S. prescription drugs is poised to pass Congress, but without a tracking system that public health advocates say is critical to weeding out counterfeit pharmaceuticals. House and Senate lawmakers agreed late …

Congress Moves to Create New Farm Subsidy

Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops – an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free …

Senate to Reject House Disaster Aid, Flood Program Bill

With aid to disaster victims running out, the U.S. Senate Democratic leader Friday vowed to hold a quick vote to defeat a House-passed spending bill, clearing the way for negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …