Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized outside conservative groups opposed to year-end budget legislation on Thursday and said the measure "takes great steps in the right direction."
Mexico's Congress voted Thursday to open the country's moribund state-run oil industry to private investment after a raucous, overnight debate over the most dramatic energy reform in decades.
The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to President Obama for his signature.
In retrial, jury acquits former police officer in deadly post-Katrina shooting in New Orleans
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