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Official won't testify, White House says

Posted: July 16, 2014 at 4:25 a.m.

The White House said Tuesday night that it would refuse to allow its director of political strategy to testify today before a Republican-led House committee investigating whether the administration had illegally conducted political activity in the West Wing.

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu talks to reporters as protesters gather near the entrance to a juvenile facility to stop a busload of Central American children from being delivered to the facility Tuesday in Oracle, Ariz. Federal officials delayed the bus with no details on whether the children will arrive or not.

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Eighi Hiastake, of the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, washes a city sidewalk with a mixture of water and detergent on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in San Francisco. In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would prohibit watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be prohibited, as would washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.

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