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Texas adds 14 rigs as US rig count jumps to 975

February 12, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 29 this week to 975.

That exceeds the 741 rigs that were active this time a year ago.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 791 rigs drilled for oil this week and 184 for gas.…

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1 dead, 3 wounded after stabbing at Texas church service

February 9, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — One man has died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Texas, police said Thursday.

As many as 20 people were in the home Wednesday night when an apparent member of the congregation pulled a knife and stabbed four men, said Corpus Christi police Lt.…

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Trump signs budget deal, government to reopen

February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown that happened while most Americans were home in bed and most government offices were closed, anyway.

The House and Senate approved a bill to keep the government funded through March 23, overcoming opposition from liberal Democrats as well as tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits.…

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AP Report: 11.8M Customers Register for Obamacare

February 8, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama’s health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books.

An Associated Press count found that nationwide enrollment was about 3 percent lower than last year.…

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FBI: Probe shows no evidence of attack in border agent death

February 8, 2018
DALLAS (AP) — FBI officials said the investigation into the November death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has yielded no evidence that there was a “scuffle, altercation or attack” more than two months after President Donald Trump and others used the suggestion of an attack to promote the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.…

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Police officer fatally shot at suburban Dallas apartments

February 8, 2018
RICHARDSON (AP) — Witnesses said a man suspected in a shooting that killed a police officer shouted “I’m sorry” as he was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff in suburban Dallas.

The officer and another person were shot late Wednesday as the officer responded to a report of a disturbance at an apartment complex in Richardson, Texas.…

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Senate leaders’ budget deal faces opposition in both parties

February 8, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders hope to approve a budget deal Thursday to keep the government operating past midnight amid opposition from Democratic liberals and tea-party Republicans. The agreement would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.

The measure was a win for Republican allies of the Pentagon and for Democrats seeking more for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse.…

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Era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is making a comeback

February 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year.

Talks on a budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping increases to both the Pentagon and domestic programs have been inching closer to an agreement, aides and lawmakers said.…

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US starts Iraq drawdown after declaration of victory over IS

February 5, 2018

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq.

Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said.…

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Body of hiker from Oregon found in park in West Texas

February 2, 2018

MARFA (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a hiker who was missing more than a week at Big Bend National Park.

The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 65-year-old Tim Reed of Portland, Oregon, was located Wednesday upriver from the mouth of Closed Canyon.

A sheriff’s department statement Thursday said Reed was reported missing Jan.…

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