Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 24, 2015 file photo. Senators worked into Friday's pre-dawn hours March 27, 2015 on a stack of amendments to the balanced-budget plan, which closely follows a blueprint the House passed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.



AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, 3rd left, and European Union Political Director Helga Schmid. 4th left, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi 2nd right, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif right wait for the start of a meeting at a hotel in Lausanne Switzerland on Thursday March 26, 2015 during negotiations on the Iranian nuclear programme. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.



FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, seventh-grade students take part in a trial run of a new state assessment test on laptop computers at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md. The new test, which is scheduled to go into use is linked to the Common Core standards, which Maryland adopted in 2010 under the federal No Child Left Behind law, and serves as criteria for students in math and reading. In the Republican roar over Common Core, various myths are being peddled as fact. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point _ if an overstated one _ when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a voluntary initiative that bubbled up from communities and states. In complicated but unmistakable ways, the federal government does put pressure on states to live up to the standards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)ATLANTA (AP) — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.



US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

In this March 23, 2015, photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, second from left, talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second from right, during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Lagarde said Sunday that China's economic slowdown is legitimate and that Beijing can contribute to global prosperity. U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank is leaving it isolated among its Asian and European allies.



Lawyer: Woman talking to police, kidnapping wasn't hoax

This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for a California woman whose reported kidnapping is being investigated as a possible hoax said she has met with police and is cooperating with them.





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