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Have student loans? What the rate hike means for you

Time has run out for Congress to stop interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from doubling. Rates are expected to shoot up from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent now that Congress has failed to act.... Read more»0

Obama meets Mandela's family, does not see ailing leader

President Obama met privately with Mandela's family in South Africa on Saturday but will not visit the ailing 94-year-old at the hospital. ... Read more»0

Marco Rubio: Immigration reform bill almost 'ready to go'

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said on Sunday that 95 percent of the comprehensive immigration reform bill is "ready to go" but he is still pushing for more border security measures. Rubio dismissed concerns from conservative critics that he's been too soft on immigration and was manipulated by Democrats in the group steering the legislation.... Read more»3

Fla. man with alleged ties to Tsarnaev killed during FBI questioning

A man shot and killed during FBI questioning in Orlando, Fla. allegedly had ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, sources said Wednesday. ... Read more»0

Key Senate committee approves immigration overhaul

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a sweeping immigration bill the stamp of approval Tuesday, setting the stage for a debate before the full Senate next month. ... Read more»0

Gun rights group breaks with NRA to support background checks

A national gun rights group has split from the National Rifle Association and said they will support bipartisan legislation to expand background checks on gun sales. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which calls itself the second largest gun-rights group in the US, said Sunday that it now supports the Manchin-Toomey agreement.... Read more»0

Supreme Court limits use of drug sniffing dogs in private homes

The U.S. high court ruled that bringing a drug sniffing dog into a private home is a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and is not allowed without a warrant.... Read more»0

Bodies found in well thought to be missing Mexican band members

Police in Mexico found at least eight bodies in a well in the same area where 20 members of the band Kombo Kolombia went missing on Friday. ... Read more»0

Majority of Americans want Hillary Clinton to run in '16

57 percent of Americans told pollsters they would back Clinton for president in 2016. ... Read more»1

Global carbon emissions hit record levels in 2011

The world is producing too much carbon dioxide to limit global warming to a few degrees, reports the AP.... Read more»0