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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce Secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration. The Senate is set to vote on Ross’ nomination on Feb. 27. Ross easily cleared the Senate Commerce Committee and a procedural vote by the full Senate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Billionaire heads toward confirmation as Commerce secretaryBillionaire investor Wilbur Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce secretary in President Donald Trump's Cabinet
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FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington. Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. A hearing is expected the week of Feb. 27.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
AP: VA data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theftDoctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the VA's hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to The Associated Press
The Associated Press21 minutes ago
President Donald Trump walks towards first lady Melania Trump, left, after speaking at a dinner reception for the governors during the annual National Governors Association winter meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Trump toasts nation's governors ahead of health care talksPresident Donald Trump is toasting the nation's governors at the White House, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law
The Associated Press25 minutes ago
FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. When Republicans say they want to lower income tax rates and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they’re talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of American families.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
GOP tax plans could eliminate popular tax breaksRepublican efforts to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenues could eliminate some very popular tax breaks
The Associated Press29 minutes ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., speaks to a gathering of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Health care, Supreme Court on agenda as Congress returnsCongress is facing tough decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency
The Associated Press30 minutes ago
Damien Chazelle, left, is congratulated by Olivia Hamilton as he is announced the winner of the award for best director for "La La Land" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Justin Timberlake looks on from left. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
'Moonlight' wins best picture at botched Academy AwardsBarry Jenkins' "Moonlight" _ not, as it turned out, "La La Land" _ won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech
The Associated Press32 minutes ago
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is followed by reporters as he leaves a health care meeting during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Report warns of gaps if federal health care dollars are cutA report is warning that the changes under consideration by the GOP-led House would reduce significantly federal dollars for Medicaid and subsidized private insurance
The Associated Press32 minutes ago
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file-pool photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is greeted by employees as he arrives at the Justice Department in Washington. The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime could usher in a reversal of that trend. The resources of a prison system that for years has grappled with overcrowding, but that experienced a population drop as Justice Department leaders pushed a different approach to drug prosecutions, could again be taxed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Sessions tough talk, policies could increase prison totalsA new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and in favor of private prisons could usher in a reversal of a trend of declining federal prison populations
The Associated Press34 minutes ago
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, right, meets with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. on Capitol Hill in Washington. A review of dozens of employment cases Gorsuch heard in his decade at the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reveals a focus on texts and a fondness for scrutinizing definitions of words in legislation and the Constitution. Conservatives herald his strict approach. Many liberals say it too often results in workers losing out.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Gorsuch often sided with employers in workers' rights casesGorsuch's worker's rights opinions are often sympathetic to the employees, but coldly pragmatic, and they're usually in the employer's favor
The Associated Press38 minutes ago
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  • Assembly amends description of - dangerous dog'

    Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill that would change the legal description of a "dangerous dog" and possibly put fewer animals on a state registry. HB 2381 cleared the Senate, 40-0, on Tuesday after winning approval in the House on Feb. 6. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature. WRIC-TV Richmond, Wed, Feb 22 2017 @ 03:48 PM
  • new Loudoun Co. vineyard wins top Va. wine award

    The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards won this year's Governor's Cup award from the Virginia Wineries Association, the first Loudoun County vineyard to win the award. The Barns at Hamilton Station owners Andrew and Maryann Fialdini, former government employees, opened their vineyard in Hamilton in 2012, just north of Leesburg. WTOP-FM Washington, Wed, Feb 22 2017 @ 03:29 PM
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