• January 31, 2015

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Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances.

Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?

Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.

Belton council approves loan for $10 million apartment complex

BELTON — The City Council voted 5-1, with only Councilman Paul Sanderford opposing, to approve a $200,000, low-interest loan to an Atlanta-based company interested in building a 76-unit, $10 million apartment complex that would provide workforce housing.

George W. Bush’s chief of staff talks at UMHB, Chamber events

BELTON — A select group of 30 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor students attended a presentation by Andrew Card Jr., the second-longest tenured White House chief of staff, on Friday afternoon. Card served as President George W. Bush’s chief of staff from January 2001 to April 2006.

Cove leaders learn about zoning procedures

COPPERAS COVE — All seven members of the City Council, the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mayor John Hull and City Manager Andrea Gardner attended a training workshop Friday to learn the legal process of rezoning land within the city limits.

White: Muslim comments ‘blown out of proportion’

TEMPLE — During a tour of Temple Charter Academy in honor of School Choice Week, state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, took questions Friday from students in grades prekindergarten through 12.

At a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016.

Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

WASHINGTON (AP) — He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.

Kansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the budget.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker previews likely White House theme

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticizing Washington as a city of power-hungry elites, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday offered a preview of his likely White House message between private job interviews with those looking to help his expected presidential campaign.

At a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016.

NY Speaker Silver resigns as field to replace him drops to 2

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday following federal charges that the longtime leader took nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

Obama, Dalai Lama set to attend National Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be at the National Prayer Breakfast next week in Washington, the first time the two men have been together in nearly a year.

US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group.

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

White House: Monitoring of released Taliban 'updated'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has "updated" its efforts to monitor Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier because of concerns that they may be seeking to return to the battlefield, the White House said Friday.

Obama orders stricter flood standards for federal projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring federal projects to meet stricter standards for withstanding flooding that scientists say could worsen because of climate change.

US spokesman: Gunman in fatal Afghan attack was in uniform

WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of three American aircraft mechanics at the Kabul airport was done by a man in an Afghan uniform who was killed at the scene of the shooting, the Pentagon said Friday.

Court upholds deceptive ad claims against POM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that many advertising claims for POM Wonderful juice were deceptive in asserting that it curbs the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and is clinically proven to work.

David Duke considers run against Scalise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he may run for Congress against the No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat

SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) — People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment.

Rick Perry's attorneys again seek dismissal of felony case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legal team for the third time is seeking to have felony abuse-of-power charges against him quashed.