US offering to destroy Syrian chemicals at sea

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AP – The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot, U.S. government-owned ship.

The plan would involve destroying the weapons, likely aboard the MV Cape Ray in the Mediterranean Sea, with U.S. Navy warships patrolling nearby.

This approach would avoid diplomatic, environmental, and security problems posed by disposing of the materials on any nation’s soil

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Lawmakers look to reach car mileage deal

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Car manufacturers and the White House are looking to come to a conclusion on the new, higher fuel economy standards.

Read more from the New York Times below:

The Obama administration and automakers are nearing an agreement to increase fuel economy standards for vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, a lower target than the White House had sought.

The administration had earlier proposed a goal of 56.2 miles per gallon, while Detroit automakers and Michigan lawmakers have been pushing for a lower standard. Continue reading