House passes bill to further restrict federal dollars for abortions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Republican-led U.S. House approved a bill that would impose tighter restrictions on federal payments for abortions and sent it to the Democratic-led Senate.
Senate minority leader rejects budget filibuster talk

Senate minority leader rejects budget filibuster talk

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not support a GOP effort to filibuster a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown.
Vigils held across the U.S. for Trayvon Martin

Vigils held across the U.S. for Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- Pop singer Beyonce was among those who gathered in cities across United States Saturday calling for justice for slain black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Members of Congressional Black Caucus support Florida boycott

Members of Congressional Black Caucus support Florida boycott

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they support an economic boycott of Florida after the not-guilty verdict in trial of George Zimmerman.

California conservative congressman defends state pot laws in Congress

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said he believes his pro-marijuana bill may be gaining steam in Congress as more states approve its use in some manner.

Sex education bill would teach safe- ex

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A proposed sex education bill would give grants to programs in the United States that teach safe sex and reject gender stereotypes, lawmakers said.
Dems enthusiastically adopt platform

Dems enthusiastically adopt platform

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Democrats meeting in Charlotte, N.C., OK'd a platform to protect women's reproductive rights, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and raise the minimum wage.
Police empty San Diego protest camps

Police empty San Diego protest camps

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Police drove sleepy Occupy San Diego protesters from their downtown camps very early Friday, arresting about 50, demonstrators said.

Obama faces pressure on troop withdrawals

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is facing pressure from two Democratic allies who want up to 50,000 troops withdrawn from Afghanistan this year.

Sign language mistaken for gang talk

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- Police said two hearing impaired men talking to each other in sign language were mistaken for gang members and stabbed at a South Florida nightclub.
GOP, Dems to meet on jobless benefits bill

GOP, Dems to meet on jobless benefits bill

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The top two Republican leaders in the U.S. House said they will meet with Democrats to discuss a bill that would extend jobless benefits for 14 more weeks.

Cleaver to head Congressional Black Caucus

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The Congressional Black Caucus said it has chosen U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., to lead the organization representing the black U.S. House members.
Black Caucus leader accepts Reid's apology

Black Caucus leader accepts Reid's apology

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman said she accepts U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's apology for a remark made in 2008 the presidential campaign.
Caucus: Obama can do more for U.S. blacks

Caucus: Obama can do more for U.S. blacks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Several black lawmakers say they're more satisfied now than before that U.S. President Obama is working to provide greater financial aid to black communities.

California's Lee to lead Black Caucus

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has been tapped to lead the Congressional Black Caucus.

Democrats ask Mukasey about Iraqi bases

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A group of congressional Democrats asked U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey about what he's doing to ensure permanent bases aren't established in Iraq.

Analysis: U.S. military & Iran -- Part 3

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Preparing for a strike against Iran involves far more than just military preparations; it also requires making a case to try and gain public support. And that is likely to be much harder after the release this month of the key judgments from the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, which said Iran had most probably halted its nuclear weapons program.

Judge: Berkeley can fence in tree sitters

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A judge has upheld the right of the University of California to fence in a group of live oak trees where protesters have set up housekeeping.

U.S. House nixes permanent Iraq bases

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted a symbolic resolution that would prevent the U.S. military from establishing permanent bases in Iraq.

Democrats explore what's in a name

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Democratic strategists suggest changing the name of their politics to "progressive" because the term liberal no longer fits their vision for the United States.

ACLU praises sex education bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday supported a bill to fund sex education that includes both abstinence and contraception information.

Rep. Mel Watt elected head of black Dems

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., was elected leader of the Congressional Black Caucus Monday.

School abstinence programs bad for teens?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- As the new school year starts, students across the nation are more likely than in years past to receive sex education that focuses only on abstinence and does not give them information about contraceptives. As a result, some groups are concerned this grow
STEVE MITCHELL, Medical Correspondent

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include clarinetist/bandleader Woody Herman in 1913; entertainer Liberace in 1919; Lainie Kazan, who was born in 1940 (age 63); Billy Cobham in 1944 (age 59); Robert Fripp of King Crimson and Foghat's Roger Earl, both in 1946 (age 57); B
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 10-16.
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