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Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:45 PM

Updated: Jan 31, 2014 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The department's report was released today. It says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline that would transport crude from western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

DALLAS (AP) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is visiting Dallas to promote community-based efforts to sign Texans up for health insurance. Sebelius and U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson planned to visit Paul Quinn College this afternoon to highlight how Texans can learn about the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) House Speaker Joe Straus wants lawmakers to investigate the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and consider possible changes to state inspection and enforcement laws. Straus on Friday included the West Fertilizer Company blast among a lengthy list of issues for House members to study before the Legislature reconvenes in 2015.

HOUSTON (AP) Two more people linked to the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are going to prison over the 2008 killing of a potential member. A federal judge in Houston on Thursday sentenced Shane Gail McNiel of San Antonio to 10 years in prison. Denise Feathers of Jourdanton (JERD'-nt-n) was sentenced to more than six years in prison. Both pleaded guilty last August to being accessories after the fact to murder.

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