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Dianne Feinstein

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the Air Force to allow more competition in the multibillion-dollar market for launching government satellites, citing rising costs and concerns about Russian-made engines that power some of the U.S. rockets.

  • Such measures have been pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc and Apple Inc..

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the "metadata" when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- A Target Corp representative briefed Congressional investigators by telephone on Thursday about the retail chain's recent massive data breach, but offered few fresh details, citing continuing law enforcement investigations.

  • The estimate, given at a Senate intelligence hearing, was much higher than earlier figures of 3,000 to 4,000 foreign fighters in Syria, and came after news emerged this week that Congress had secretly approved more funding to send weapons to "moderate" rebels.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The U.S. federal court system objects to key proposals by a presidential review panel to reform the secret court that supervises the classified electronic eavesdropping activities of the U.S. National Security Agency, a former chief judge of that court said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- Despite opposition from the Obama administration, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Iran if the country breaks an interim deal under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program.

  • The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A group of 10 U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law pushes up the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- The heads of two U.S. Senate committees overseeing national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over a recent network supply deal between China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Washington ally South Korea.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- The heads of two U.S. Senate committees that oversee national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over news reports that China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has been chosen to build a nationwide wireless network in South Korea.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The growing pressure on President Barack Obama to adjust his problem-plagued healthcare law seemed to boil over on Tuesday, as leaders of Obama's Democratic Party called on him to allow a change in the law so that Americans who are happy with their health plans could keep them.

  • U.S. spy agency's defense: Europeans did it too Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 7:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The political uproar over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on close European allies has produced an unusual defense from the National Security Agency: NSA says it was the Europeans themselves who did the spying, and then handed data to the Americans.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- To his critics, President Barack Obama often has seemed to be conveniently distant when trouble has hit his administration.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Record-high retail prices for gasoline in California began to ease on Wednesday, receding from an unprecedented jump to $5 a gallon in some areas, even as further refinery disruptions threatened to slow the decline.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 9- California's record-high gas prices held steady on Tuesday and were expected to begin dropping later in the week, but a rise in wholesale prices suggested the decline could be more moderate than market analysts had previously anticipated.

  • Rise in California gas price slows, remains record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even as officials hope their emergency action will help ease the sticker shock.

  • Gas prices set California record Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- California has set a state record for gasoline prices _ but the hikes may be slowing. The highest average price in the state, at $4.75, is in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area.

  • Officials hope 'winter-blend' gas will drop prices Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:35 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- State leaders _ and drivers _ hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of "winter-blend" fuel that is expected to help bolster the state's supplies. Jerry Brown ordered it to allow so-called "winter-blend" gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

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