WASHINGTON — On a collision course over spending, House Republicans advanced a sweeping, $61 billion package of budget reductions on Tuesday despite a veto threat and a warning from President Obama against cuts "that could endanger the recovery."
Congressional Democrats said the Republican cuts would reduce U.S. employment rather than add to it and leapt to criticize when House Speaker John Boehner said "so be it" if federal jobs are lost.
Spending legislation must be signed into law by March 4 to prevent a government shutdown.
American Indians trail Hispanics in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY — A state that has been considered the heart of the nation's Indian Country since the Trail of Tears nearly two centuries ago now has more residents who identify themselves as Hispanic than American Indian, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
While Oklahoma is likely to maintain the nation's largest per capita population of American Indians, and their numbers continue to rise, Hispanic growth has been far faster.
Recruiter shooting trial postponed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —A judge agreed Tuesday to postpone a trial until July for a man who said his desire to avenge the death of Muslims at the hands of U.S. soldiers led him to kill a soldier at a military recruiting center in Arkansas.
Abdulhakim Muhammad, 30, is charged with capital murder in the slaying of Army Pvt. William Long in June 2009, a killing that Muhammad said he planned to be the first in a series of attacks.
Muhammad was to have been tried next week, but prosecutors didn't contest defense attorney Patrick Benca's request for more time to gather evidence.