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  • APNewsBreak: Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

    APNewsBreak: Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has decided to bring back the electric chair.
    Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a bill into law allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event the state is unable to obtain drugs […]

  • What’s In And What’s Out In The House NSA Bill

    What’s In And What’s Out In The House NSA Bill

    The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to end the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency. The legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act, passed 303-121:
    WHAT’S IN THE BILL
    – Ends the National Security Agency’s program of collecting […]

  • FILE - This May 20, 2013, file photo shows Harvard Law Professor David Barron during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Bolstered by the promised public release of a secret legal memo, Senate Democrats are ready to approve a top federal judgeship for a former official who helped formulate the Obama administration’s justification for the drone killings of suspected American terrorists overseas. The Senate was expected to vote approval on Thursday for David Barron to join the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Boston.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    Senate Confirmed Drone Memo Author To Be Federal Judge

    WASHINGTON  — A former Justice Department official who helped devise the Obama administration’s legal justification for using drones to kill American terror suspects overseas won Senate approval Thursday to become a top federal judge.
    David Barron was confirmed by a mostly […]

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  • The Slide Fire burns near 89 A south of Flagstaff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Evacuations of surrounding areas took place late afternoon Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

    Hundreds Of Firefighters Battle Arizona Wildfire

    KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz.– A wildfire that started in a scenic canyon snaked toward Flagstaff on Thursday, prompting residents of outlying areas to prepare to flee and blanketing the city in smoke.
    The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday and had burned 7.5 […]

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President Barack Obama holds up a '12th man' banner as he welcomed the Super Bowl champs.

    The Reason Marshawn Lynch Skipped Seahawks’ White House Trip

    When it came to visiting the White House, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was not about that action, boss.
    On Wednesday, the champs dropped in on President Barack Obama in the customary trip for the Super Bowl winners, touring the White […]

  • U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 326,000

    U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 326,000

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.
    Applications rose 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes […]

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  • This image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, right, and Tech. Sgt. Justin Richie, a 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron team trainer, riding in a work cage on Nov. 20, 2012, inside the T-9 maintenance trainer at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill in the summer of 2013 that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to an internal Air Force review obtained by The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Beau Wade)

    AP Exclusive: Air Force Security Failed Nuke Test

    WASHINGTON  — Armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to […]

  • Fox News Anchor Released Following Airport Arrest

    Fox News Anchor Released Following Airport Arrest

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been released from jail following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for refusing to cooperate with police.
    Authorities say the 59-year-old network anchor was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at […]

  • Police: Woman Found 10 Years After Kidnapping

    Police: Woman Found 10 Years After Kidnapping

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A woman who was 15 when she disappeared from her California home a decade ago has contacted police and told them she was kidnapped by a man who sexually assaulted her, forced her into marriage and […]

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  • The results of a Google image search on Ebay are shown on a monitor in this file photo illustration in Encinitas, California  April 16, 2013. E-commerce company eBay Inc said client identity information including emails, addresses and birthdays was stolen in a hacking attack between late February and early March.    REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY LOGO)

    EBay Says Client Information Stolen In Hacking Attack

     
    E-commerce company eBay Inc said client identity information including emails, addresses and birthdays was stolen in a hacking attack between late February and early March.
    EBay urged users to change their passwords after the attack on a database that also contained […]

  • Obama: Any Misconduct At VA Will Be Punished

    Obama: Any Misconduct At VA Will Be Punished

    WASHINGTON — Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are “dishonorable” and will be not be tolerated by his administration.
    “I will not stand […]

  • House GOP Leaders Block Immigration Votes

    House GOP Leaders Block Immigration Votes

    WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders have blocked any votes on immigration legislation as part of a sweeping defense policy bill.
    The Rules Committee voted early Wednesday against allowing votes on a measure offering citizenship to immigrants here illegally who serve in […]

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  • FILE - This file photo made April 22, 2010 shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, as investors await the minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting in April. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    U.S. Stocks Open Higher Ahead Of Fed Minutes

    U.S. stocks notched gains in early trading Wednesday as investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting in April. Tiffany & Co. was among the big risers after the upscale jewelry chain reported strong quarterly results.
    KEEPING SCORE: The Standard […]

  • Malia Obama departs for Easter Services from the White House on April 20.

Reuters: Joshua Roberts

    First Lady: Malia Will Be Driving This Summer

    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has a warning of sorts for Washington: Her daughter Malia will start driving this summer.
    The first lady commented on Malia’s milestone in a taped interview broadcast Tuesday by the entertainment news show “Access Hollywood.” It was […]

  • Police: Actor Told 911 He Shot Wife In Los Angeles

    Police: Actor Told 911 He Shot Wife In Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show “The Shield,” was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.
    Detectives were investigating whether the couple’s […]

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama, left, looks towards quarterback Jim McMahon, wearing headband, as he honors the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bears football team during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. A group of retired NFL players, including McMahon, says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, May 20, 2014, that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Ex-Players Sue NFL Over Use Of Painkillers

    WASHINGTON  — Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers and other drugs that kept […]

  • This wanted poster is displayed at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014, after Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton and FBI Executive Associate Director Robert Anderson participated in a news conference where Holder announced that a U.S. grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade secret theft, the first-of-its-kind criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case. The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington. Those tensions have only been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed waterways in East Asia.  (AP Photo)

    Cyber Case Puts More Strain On U.S.-China Relations

    WASHINGTON — The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia.
    That doesn’t […]

  • The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen below the Swiss national flag at a building in the Federal Square in Bern May 15, 2014. Credit Suisse Group AG is expected to plead guilty and pay more than $2.5 billion to U.S. authorities to resolve charges that the Swiss bank helped Americans evade U.S. taxes, people familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.   REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO CRIME LAW)

    Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty To U.S. Criminal Charge In Tax Probe

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Monday pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for its role in helping Americans dodge taxes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, and will pay more than $2.5 billion as part of an […]

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  • Specialist Peter Giacchi (C) shouts a trading price for Jumei during the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange May 16, 2014. Shares of Jumei International Holding Ltd rose about 29 percent in their market debut, valuing the Chinese online cosmetics retailer at about $4.02 billion. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

    Wall St. Rises; Internet, Biotech Names Lift Nasdaq

    NEW YORK – U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with a rally in high-growth names among Internet and biotech shares giving the Nasdaq a gain of almost 1 percent.
    Equities have been pressured recently, with the S&P 500 coming off its first […]

  • Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens Thursday May 15, 2014 in Wolfeboro, N.H. as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama the N-word at a restaurant. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Police Commissioner Resigns In Wake Of Obama Slur

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. — A town police commissioner has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama, an official said Monday.
    Robert Copeland, 82, resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March, […]

  • A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. Picture taken January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    U.S. Accuses China Of Cyber Spying On American Companies

    WASHINGTON/BOSTON  – A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking American companies and stealing trade secrets, the toughest action taken by Washington so far to address cyber spying by China.
    China denied the charges, saying […]

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  • AT&T

    AT&T Aims For TV’s Future With $48.5B DirecTV Deal

    LOS ANGELES — Priming itself for the age of Internet-delivered video, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share.
    While DirecTV doesn’t help the telecom company compete in the online video […]

  • FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013, file photo, small coffee producer Hector Perez show coffee beans damaged by the roya fungus in San Gaspar Vivar, Guatemala. The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease _ and to keep the price of your morning cup down. A fungus called coffee rust has already caused more than $1 billion in damage across the Latin American region. It is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees, and it is already affecting the price of some of those coffees in the United States.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

    Coffee Fungus Raising Prices For High-End Blends

    WASHINGTON  — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease – and hold down the price of your morning cup.
    At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more […]

  • Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga, and candidate for US Senate talks to a voter during the "Grillin with the Governor" campaign event Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Buford, Ga.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    In Georgia Race, Republicans Cry Foul Over Taxes

    ATLANTA — Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue says his chief rivals in the GOP race for Georgia’s open Senate seat are falsely accusing him of being the worst kind of Republican – one who wants to raise taxes.
    “Of all […]

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  • VIDEO: Julian Castro Rumored To Join Obama Cabinet

    VIDEO: Julian Castro Rumored To Join Obama Cabinet

    Reports say the Texas mayor and Democratic up-and-comer will likely replace Shaun Donovan as secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

  • An AT&T building is pictured in Los Angeles , California May 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

    AT&T Nears DirecTV Purchase In New Jolt To TV Landscape

    NEW YORK – AT&T is close to announcing that it will buy the No. 1 U.S. satellite TV operator DirecTV, according to people familiar with the matter, in the second potentially transformative deal to jolt the U.S. television industry this […]

  • A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. Hospitals and medical practices across the United States braced for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law took effect on Wednesday.   REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files   (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY POLITICS)

    Exclusive: Obama Allies Revive Push For Obamacare CEO

    WASHINGTON – A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins […]

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Mark Rosenbaum, second from right, of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks to reporters after arguing their case before the Supreme Court in Washington. The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit. At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of ending affirmative action. Rosenbaum, who argued the case on behalf of minority groups that opposed the affirmative action ban, said the sort of routine outreach that political parties perform is prohibited to public universities under laws like Michigan’s. "They can say, ‘If you’re a person of color, you would not feel out of place in our party,’" Rosenbaum said. "But if a university said that, there would be 1,000 lawsuits tomorrow."  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Is GOP Minority Recruitment Affirmative Action?

    The Republican Party is hiring people to reach out to black and Hispanic communities, and setting goals for the number of minority candidates it will recruit.
    At the same time, Republican judges are moving closer to a long-held conservative goal of […]

  • Top VA Health Official Resigns Under Fire

    Top VA Health Official Resigns Under Fire

    WASHINGTON — The top official for veterans’ health care resigned Friday amid a firestorm over delays in care and falsified records at veteran hospitals.
    Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, the department’s undersecretary for […]

  • Security forces secure the scene at the site where two blasts detonated, one in a mini-van used for public transportation, in a market area of Nairobi, Kenya Friday, May 16, 2014. Two blasts hit Kenya's capital on Friday, killing a number of people and injuring many more, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of increasingly frequent terror attacks. (AP Photo)

    U.S. Embassy In Kenya Requests Security Upgrade

    NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. ambassador in Kenya has requested additional Kenyan and American security personnel and is reducing the size of the embassy staff because of an increase in terrorist threats in Kenya, according to a letter sent to […]

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel while delivering remarks at his office on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

    Hagel Says U.S. Won’t Let Iran Build Nuclear Weapon

    JERUSALEM — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the U.S. “will do what we must” to prevent the Jewish state’s greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.
    Hagel made the public pledge in a statement at talks […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

    President Obama At 9/11 Museum: Terrorism Can’t Break Us

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.
    “It’s an […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in superior court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man's shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday, May 15, 2014, on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston, police said. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

    Aaron Hernandez Charged In 2 More Shooting Deaths

    BOSTON  — Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who was already accused of murder in a man’s shooting death last year, “ambushed and executed” two other men a year earlier after an encounter at a nightclub, prosecutors said Thursday in […]

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  • Crews sop up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles on Thursday, May 15, 2014. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half mile into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

    10,000 Gallons Of Oil Spill On Los Angeles Streets

    LOS ANGELES  — Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.
    A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately […]

  • Egypt's presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, attends an interview with Reuters in Cairo May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MILITARY)

    Exclusive: Egypt’s Sisi Asks For U.S. Help In Fighting Terrorism

    CAIRO – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the general who ousted an elected Islamist president and is set to become Egypt’s next head of state, called on the United States to help fight jihadi terrorism to avoid the creation of new Afghanistans in […]

  • FILE - The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in this Monday, April 19, 2010  file photo in New York. The New York Times on Wednesday May 14, 2014 announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

    Abramson Replaced As NYT Executive Editor

    NEW YORK  — The New York Times on Wednesday announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.
    The company didn’t give a reason for the change. […]

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question from Bob Schieffer of CBS News at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Lawmakers and policy experts discussed America's long term debt and economic future. (AP Photo)

    Business Execs Skeptical Of Christie’s Chances In 2016

    LAS VEGAS  — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dismissing his administration’s traffic scandal as “a footnote” in his political future. Some in the GOP’s elite business class may be close to dismissing him as a serious contender for the […]

  • A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County — threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton — as Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. (AP Photo)

    Wildfire Burns Homes In San Diego County

    CARLSBAD, Calif.– At least a half-dozen wildfires scorched San Diego County on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee burning homes and prompting the closures of a college campus and Legoland California. No major injuries were reported.
    Firefighters contended with temperatures approaching 100 […]

  • FILE - This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows electronic images of victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, destined to be a part of the future 9/11 Memorial Museum, during a news conference in New York. The museum will be dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Barack Obama on Thursday, May 15, 2014. It will open to the public May 21. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Sept. 11 Museum Is Called A Monument To Unity

    NEW YORK — Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum are portraying it as a monument to unity and resilience.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that the National September 11 Memorial & Museum describes how people across the […]

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