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U.S. lawmakers stand behind LNG exports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of senators from energy-rich and coastal states said they want the U.S. government to get behind exports of liquefied natural gas.
Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

Politics 2013: Is it 2014 already?

It's never too early to look ahead to the 2014 midterm elections for the U.S. Congress -- and retirements could throw a couple of monkey wrenches into party challenges.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Secret Service dog falls to its death

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Secret Service dog fell off a parking garage in New Orleans and died while protecting Vice President Joe Biden, police said.
Federal tab for Sandy around $50 billion

Federal tab for Sandy around $50 billion

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- President Obama intends to request about $50 billion in emergency spending from Congress to rebuild states affected by Hurricane Sandy, officials said.

FEMA to forgive millions in overpayments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Almost $95 million in overpayments to people who received aid after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters will not have to be repaid, U.S. officials say.
Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted against a Republican measure that would eliminate regulations cutting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.
Two Secret Service agents identified in Colombia scandal

Two Secret Service agents identified in Colombia scandal

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Secret Service agents involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal have been identified as David Chaney and Greg Stokes, CBS News reported Thursday.

FEMA to waive some Katrina debt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Some victims of Hurricane Katrina will be permitted to keep money they mistakenly received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. officials said.

Two tacks for fighting airline fees emerge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A senator from Louisiana and a congressman from North Carolina said bills attempting to curb excessive airline fees would likely receive bipartisan support.

Archbishop Hannan of New Orleans dies

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who headed the diocese of New Orleans for almost 25 years, died early Thursday. He was 98.
Senate aims to give states 80% of BP fines

Senate aims to give states 80% of BP fines

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- A bill giving the U.S. Gulf Coast states most of BP's fines for last year's oil rig disaster will move quickly, a key senator said Wednesday.
Landrieu holding up Lew's confirmation

Landrieu holding up Lew's confirmation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The procedural hold Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., put on President Obama's nominee for budget director is "sad and ... outrageous," a White House spokesman said.

Lenders asked for 'dry wall' mortgage help

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Florida and Louisiana officials say they want people in their states to get mortgage relief like that given to Virginians whose houses contain Chinese drywall.

Charges reduced in Landrieu break-in

NEW ORLEANS, March 27 (UPI) -- Prosecutors have brought misdemeanor charges against James O'Keefe III, who was arrested in January in a federal office building in New Orleans.

U.S. policy on wild horses challenged

PHOENIX, March 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. government policy of putting the wild mustangs of the West in corrals and pastures hundred of miles from their rangelands is under fire, officials said.

Democratic voter drive overwhelms La.

NEW ORLEANS, June 14 (UPI) -- A Democratic voter drive in Louisiana gathered so many names that registration officials have had to work overtime to keep up.

Climate change may upset oil supplies

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Climate change could disrupt U.S. energy supplies by seriously damaging key infrastructure in the country, experts testified Tuesday before Congress.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Louisiana special election lineups set

BATON ROUGE, La., April 6 (UPI) -- Steve Scalise is a step closer to winning the 1st Congressional District seat previously held by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, having won the Republican primary.
Democrats uneasy with Clintons' aggression

Democrats uneasy with Clintons' aggression

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A growing number of U.S. Democrats are expressing concern over the aggressiveness in Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, it was reported Thursday.

Senate session lasted 12 seconds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's final session of the year Monday lasted all of 12 seconds.

Katrina anniversary noted in rural parish

CHALMETTE, La., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The rural coastal Louisiana parish of St. Bernard Wednesday observed the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation with optimism and promises.

Turtles may be crawling back to pet store

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress is considering a bill that would ease a 32-year-old ban on the sale of baby turtles as pets.

Feds rejected foreign help for Katrina

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, federal agencies rejected millions of dollars in aid offered by foreign governments, a watchdog group says. Foreign governments offered more $800 million in assistance, but federal agencies used only a fraction of it

More delays for Capitol Visitor Center?

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- The opening of the long-delayed Capitol Visitor Center in Washington could be pushed back again. Last month, officials said the target date is now 2008, three years past the scheduled 2005 opening. An official told a congressional committee that the sched

Brown says White House wanted him to lie

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The ousted head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says the White House wanted him to lie about the response to Hurricane Katrina.
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