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February 4, 2014

Congress puts farm bill on president's desk

Congress gave its final approval Tuesday to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers.

Ending years of political battles, the Senate voted 68-32 to send the measure to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The House passed it last week.

The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.

The bulk of its nearly $100-billion-a-year cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans. The bill would cut food stamps by $800million a year, or around 1%.

Navy probing alleged cheating on nuclear tests

The Navy is investigating 30 or more senior sailors in connection with alleged cheating on written tests designed to qualify them as instructors at a school that trains younger sailors to operate naval nuclear power reactors, officials said Tuesday.

The reactors at Charleston, S.C., are of the kind used in propulsion systems for Navy submarines and aircraft carriers.

The alleged misbehavior does not involve naval nuclear weapons aboard Trident submarines, Adm. John Richardson said, and thus is not directly comparable to the Air Force's investigation of alleged cheating by officers who operate land-based nuclear missiles.

nyc mayor to skip parade to protest ban on signs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not march in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, deciding to skip the signature celebration because event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.

He will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue. "I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," he said.

The parade committee has said the event celebrates the city's Irish heritage, and gays are welcome to march if they don't carry identifying signs or banners.

From wire reports

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