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U.S. firms that merge with foreign ones to avoid taxes are 'deserters,' Obama says

The president says that firms that merge with overseas ones for tax avoidance are burdening middle-income families here.

about 15 hours ago


Some ACA enrollees found varying subsidy amounts

Feds say those who experienced subsidy disparities likely erred in entering personal data.

about 20 hours ago


3 executions gone wrong in 6 months offer fodder for death-penalty foes

Opponents suggest lethal injections have too many risks now and are tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment.

about 21 hours ago


 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Rep. Ryan offers new GOP plan to combat poverty

While consolidating multiple programs into a single grant, it mainly shifts anti-poverty efforts onto the states.

about 21 hours ago


 President Barack Obama.

Obama mulls letting in hundreds of Honduran youths as refugees

Administration may screen minors and young adults in Honduras to see if they qualify to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds.

about 22 hours ago


PLUS: 9/11 defendant sidelined; 2 die in campground storm; Obama suit bid advances; senator's plagiarism flap; Ohio State band chief axed; prison for violin theft.

Plus: 2 die in storm; 9/​11 figure sidelined; Obama suit bid gains; Senator’s plagiarism flap; Band director axed; Prison for violin theft

about 20 hours ago


National Briefs: Teen is killed in flight quest

PLUS: highway bill OK’d; Senate hopefuls clash; ex-charity chief sentenced; StubHub fraud revealed.

1 day ago


Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

1 day ago


Feds to offer $10B in rural project loans

The fund will help pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutions to invest in rural infrastructure markets.

1 day ago


Execution said to go awry

A condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution by lethal injection Wednesday before he died.

1 day ago


Feds want oil trains to get faster upgrades

Federal regulators, responding to derailments and spills, have specified a speedier upgrade timetable than was expected.

1 day ago


EPA defends attempts to reduce pollutants

Agency chief Gina McCarthy says the proposed rule will create jobs in the clean energy sector, reduce energy costs and increase profits.

1 day ago


Lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

Michael Farrell had been reassigned last month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed safety breaches.

1 day ago


Obama signs new job-training law

Obama cites ‘‍skills gap,’‍ signs law intended to reduce bureaucracy while helping workers gain prepare for new jobs.

2 days ago


 FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Big issues loom for Congress as recess nears

August recess looms, but issues such as highway funding and veterans care must be dealt with first.

2 days ago


Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border fund plan

Appropriations panel‘‍s plan would fund president’‍s proposal through year‘‍s end, but without changes to trafficking law.

2 days ago


More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

2 days ago


Nation briefs: GOP newcomer wins in Georgia runoff

PLUS: Koch brothers‘‍ gift fuels debate; Wash. slide unpredictable, report says; Mich. killings probed; N.J. casino robbed.

2 days ago


Study says beef a heavy polluter

Raising beef for the dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

3 days ago


Retaliation at VA bared

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight cited complaints from medical professionals coast to coast.

3 days ago


 In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, foreground center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands between his attorneys as the verdict is read in his federal trial Monday in Boston.

Boston bomb cover-up trial gets conviction

The Boston bomb suspect’s classmate has been convicted of trying to hide evidence that could incriminate his friend.

3 days ago


 Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference in the governor's press room Monday in Austin, Texas. He announced that he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas guardsmen to bolster border

Rick Perry says Texas is being overwhelmed by influx of Central American children, and criminals are exploiting the crisis.

3 days ago


 This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million in hidden camera scandal

Ni­kita Levy was fired af­ter 25 years with the Johns Hop­kins Health System in Bal­ti­more in Feb­ru­ary 2013.

3 days ago


National Briefs: 3 held in killings of homeless

PLUS: Job protection for gays; Arizona execution legal battle; firefighting improves in Wash. state; Neil Armstrong honored.

3 days ago


Obama to report widening of initiative for black, Latino boys

Sixty of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve educational futures, beginning in preschool.

4 days ago


Court delays execution over secrecy with drugs

A federal appeals court has delayed the imminent execution of Arizona man Joseph Wood, saying he has a legal right to details.

4 days ago


 From left, Detroit retirees Mike Shane and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse July 3 in Detroit.

Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

Detroit has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into a judge’s decisions during next month’s bankruptcy trial.

4 days ago


Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, a study found.

4 days ago


World Briefs: Signs of slowing in Wash. wildfire

PLUS: Shootings rattle Chicago; New York responders probed; Ill. pot bill signed; Sides to meet on Panama Canal.

4 days ago


Jury awards $23.6 billion in Reynolds smoking case

In 2006, Cynthia Robinson, sued R.J. Reyonolds Co., the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr., had

5 days ago


National news briefs: 7/20/14

PLUS: some Cadillacs curbed; 19 inmates hurt in ceiling collapse; kidnapped girl dies in gunbattle

5 days ago


Alarms about migrant kids were raised since 2012

The warnings included a report to the Homeland Security prepared at its request by researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso.

5 days ago


Bio lab mishaps rise as regulators lack guidelines

Recently documented mistakes at federal laboratories have incited public outrage at the government's handling of dangerous pathogens.

5 days ago


 A House-approved bill could clear the way for 74 new names to be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The names belong to the 74 sailors who died when the Navy destroyer Frank E. Evans sank after colliding with an Australian carrier during a training exercise in the South China Sea in June 1969.

Bill would add names of 'Lost 74' sailors to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The ship's bow sank in a few minutes. The battle to add its deceased crew members' names to the memorial has lasted more than a decade.

5 days ago


Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes killed two people in two days.

5 days ago


46,000 drug offenders may have sentences trimmed

Federal sentencing commission votes to ease the incarceration policy. I

6 days ago


Progressives seek challengers to Clinton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wows Netroots Nation conference activists, who chant, “Run, Liz, run!”.

6 days ago


 Emma Franco, center, is consoled after she lost her mobile home in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.

Wildfire claims 100 Washington state homes

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says about 50 fires are burning in the state.

6 days ago


 Camp counselors Hagai Dfrat, 23, of Israel, left, and Monica Baky of Egypt talk while walking on the grounds of the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine. The lakeside camp has brought children together from countries at war for more than 20 years campers said they are united by fear of the violence raging in the Middle East and a hope that their generation will be the one to end it.

Middle Eastern kids in U.S. summer camps torn by conflict at home

Tensions, phone calls and unlikely friendships blend as teens from countries at war try to get along.

6 days ago


National briefs: Obama to bar anti-gay bias

Plus: EPA to block copper mine; Oklahoma gay marriage ban; Man put in chokehold dies; Clinton papers released; Unlicensed mortician.

6 days ago


Key senator questions why GM general counsel hasn't been fired

Sen. Claire McCaskill said GM‘‍s Michael Millikin had been warned several times about potential liability from a defective ignition switch.

1 week ago


As parties trade accusations, border deal prospects fade

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, downgrades his hopes for a legislative remedy to flood of Central American children into United States.

1 week ago


U.S. officials trying to house young immigrant influx face local opposition

Uproar from states and residents has forced abandonment of some prospective shelters for the children.

1 week ago


 This combination photo of two images shows a family photo of Sophia Steffel, left, and a retouched version by Jillian Johnston of Mountain View, Calif. Days after the infant daughter of Nathen Steffel died in a Cincinnati hospital from complications from a tumor in her liver, he asked users on the Reddit website if someone could alter the hospital photo. "Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes," he wrote. Ms. Johnston's work was one of hundreds sent in response.

Ohio infant’s death creates the image of kindness

The Steffels have received hundreds of sketches, paintings and enhanced photos of their daughter in which her tubes are nowhere to be found.

1 week ago


Hearing on House GOP suing Obama overreach highlights partisan schism

Hearings of two House panels showcase how election-year politics overshadows legislative business.

1 week ago


National briefs: Head says VA needs $17.6 billion

PLUS: ex-POW grateful, lawyer says; Gitmo inmates Uruguay-bound; Calif. death row ‘unconstitutional’

1 week ago


GOP blocks bill to ensure birth control for women whose firms object

Democratic legislation to override Supreme Court ruling on corporate religious objections falls four votes short of the super-majority.

1 week ago


Shell plans more drilling after 3rd Gulf of Mexico oil find

Discovery may contain 100 million barrels of oil equivalent, company says.

1 week ago


Calif. for first time will fine water-wasters

Regulators OK statewide emergency measure after call for voluntary reductions amid drought.

1 week ago


 Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau addresses immigration protesters on Tuesday in Oracle, Ariz.  Dozens of protesters on both sides of the immigration debate showed up the small town near Tucson after the sheriff said the federal government plans to transport about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths.

National Guard troops, speedy deportations highlight House Republicans' border plan

Proposal will confront Democrats opposed to changing law to eliminate automatic immigration hearings for Central American children.

1 week ago



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