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House pushes to limit president’s power to designate monuments

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to scale back the president’s authority to establish national monuments, seeking changes to a century-old law that critics say has put wide swaths of the West off-limits to activities such as logging, grazing and mining. T The measure, which passed on a largely party-line 222-201 vote, is unlikely to come to a vote in the Democratic-led Senate. The legislation would amend the 1906 Antiquities Act by limiting a president to designating one monument per state during a term, unless Congress agrees to more.

Dear Abby: Friends urge grandma to let younger grandson be adopted

Dear Abby: I’m 62 and own my own home. I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 2 1/2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both children together because I have been told that in the long run it is better so they won’t lose contact with each other.
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Bin Laden son-in-law found guilty at trial

NEW YORK — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted today of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman.

HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

WASHINGTON — People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.

IRS to treat bitcoin as property, not currency

LOS ANGELES — The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that bitcoin would be treated and taxed as property, a decision that is part of wider efforts to bring more oversight to the controversial digital currency.

Immigrants decry detention quota

WASHINGTON — Every day, hundreds of immigrants suspected of living in the country illegally are held behind bars in Florida, part of a controversial crackdown that helps fill a federal detention-bed quota.

Dear Abby: Woman journals about previous affair

Dear Abby: I have been married almost 20 years. Eight years ago my wife began an emotional affair with a co-worker. It lasted a year, until he left the company. Although they never had sex, they did have some physical contact that most people would consider inappropriate, and my wife considered ending our marriage because of the feelings she had for him. She now says the episode was a huge mistake and she loves me more than ever.
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Obama seeks end of NSA’s phone sweep

WASHINGTON — The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans’ phone calls.

Dear Abby: Let bride be guide for guest list

Dear Abby: My daughter is being married soon, and I need some guidance about inviting my aunt and uncle to the wedding. They live about 30 miles from us. We moved to this area four years ago, and we’ve had them over for dinner once and invited them another time. They declined because they were going to be out of town.

Poll sees young people warming to Obamacare

WASHINGTON — As the deadline approaches for enrolling in Obamacare health coverage this year, younger Americans have warmed somewhat to the president’s health care law, but Latinos remain closely split over it.

Analysis: Ukraine tests Obama’s slow and steady approach

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy and soft power is being tested by the burgeoning crisis in Ukraine, as he seeks to punish Russia for annexing Crimea while preventing a larger conflict should Moscow continue encroaching on its neighbors.

Dear Abby: What’s become of maternity wear?

Dear Abby: I am wondering why pregnant women these days don’t wear smocks like we all wore years ago. While I do think pregnant women are attractive, I really don’t want to see their swollen bellies. Wouldn’t it be better to just “imagine” what is under that smock or long skirt? Does anyone agree with me?

Campaign finance reports suggest parties’ strategies

WASHINGTON — Republicans are trying to convert hard-won gains in statehouses to successes in this November’s congressional elections and the 2016 race for the White House, according to a review of their campaign finance reports.