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Posted: June 26, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

House immigration bill said dead for '14 WASHINGTON -- A year after the Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, a leading backer in the House declared Wednesday that legislative efforts on the issue are dead.

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Names and faces

This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Gary Oldman speaking at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif. Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke. In an interview with Playboy, Oldman decried "political correctness" that ensnared the two actors.

Diane Sawyer is stepping down as news anchor of ABC's World News in September after nearly five years in the j... Read »

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Kerry warns Iraq neighbors to rein in militar...

A Kurdish soldier takes aim from his bunker Wednesday on the front lines about 60 miles south of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq... Read »