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Drought feared to raise food prices in Western U.S.

Washington state has declared a drought emergency as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other Western states also deal with a lack of water.

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Nebraska abolishes death penalty

The Cornhusker State became the first conservative state since 1973 to abolish the death penalty.

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U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states

The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public.

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Threat to Texas dam subsides as flood recovery continues

The death toll continues to rise as authorities struggle to recover from punishing rains that unleashed floods throughout the state.

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National Briefs: FBI says spy tools in jeopardy

Plus: Theater gunman’s writings; IS sympathizers threaten airlines; financial vulnerability; Clinton emails.

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 A man is comforted Tuesday after finding out that a relative drowned in her truck in Houston. Storms during the holiday weekend dumped record rainfall on Texas, causing major flooding throughout the state, and spawned tornadoes.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.

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 A May 18 study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 657 children aged 5 to 11 have committed suicide since 1993.

Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.

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Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

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 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

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 In this April 13, 2014, file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters building is seen in Washington, D.C.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years.

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National Briefs: Court deals immigration plan a setback

Plus: Lassa fever patient dies; justice to hear redistricting case; 2 die in Wal-Mart shooting; more to enter presidential race; and more.

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Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

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Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Amtrak crash survivors, victims' families up against federal cap on damages

Family members and survivors in a 2008 Calif. crash sought to pressure Congress to lift the $200 million liability cap per rail accident.

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National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

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Cleveland police accept use of force limits in Justice Department deal

Federal authorities saw a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said.

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 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

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Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

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Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

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 Residents stand outside their homes Monday as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. At least 13 people died on Monday morning after the tornado hit.

Twister kills at least 13 in Mexico border city

In Texas, crews searched for people believed to be missing after a vacation home was swept away by a river swollen from a line of storms.

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 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Speaking to 5,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama called the burial place “more than a final resting place for fallen heroes.”

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 Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets escorted an Air France plane to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according the U.S. military.

Planes searched at NYC airport after threats made

The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.

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Study: pollutant levels high in Ohio area with fracking

Researchers took air samples in Carroll County, Ohio, where there are 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties.

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 Time Warner Center in New York City. A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Report: Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The combined companies could have as many as 23 million customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.

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Court documents raise questions about role of former DEA agent in mortgage fraud case

Now retired, Barry A. Baldwin was known to his Drug Enforcement Administration colleagues as “The Wizard” for his expertise in wiretaps.

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 FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.

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Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.

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Threat to nation's parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for 50 years to acquire land of special historical or environmental significance.

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National briefs: Ruptured pipeline had no automatic shut-off switch

Plus: Senate approves stop-gap to extend funding for highways; water lost in California after dam vandalized; and more.

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World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

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State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

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 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

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Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

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Senate Republicans signal willingness to revamp NSA phone records program

The shift does not end the stalemate in Congress that threatens to disrupt bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

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States retool police training

Washington state and others are trying to revamp police training to produce officers who are more community-friendly.

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National Briefs: Some Calif. farmers offer big water cuts

Plus: Pipeline ordered tested after spill; oil platform shuts down; cigarette packs must carry warning; suspect arrested in D.C. murders

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 Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.

Cleveland officer acquitted of manslaughter in 2012 deaths of black unarmed couple

The trial of the officer, Michael Brelo, played out amid broader questions about how the police interact with African-Americans and use

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 A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified. Johnston was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2015.

A North Sider's long journey home

Charles Johnston’s plane went missing over New Guinea in 1944. This is how he made his way back home.

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Obama defends approach to Islamic State fight but says more is needed

Mr. Obama said the U.S. and its allies aren’t losing against the Islamic State, but more should be done to help Iraq reseize lost territory.

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Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

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Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in box

The woman was found killed Thursday, as was her teenage son, and her former boyfriend was being sought to face charges.

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Boy Scouts' president calls for end to ban on gay leaders

Robert Gates, also a former defense secretary, made the statement at the organization’s annual meeting.

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National briefs: Search broadens for suspect in D.C. slayings

Plus: Democratic lawmakers condemn President Obama’s “jailing” of migrant mothers and children; environmentalists rallying after oil spill.

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 FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew McCabe, Washington Field Office, listens during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where it was announced that four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007.

Banks fined more than $5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging

It was a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

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 Graduate Robert McConnel asks U.S. President Barack Obama to strike a “James Bond” pose Wednesday during the 134th commencement exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Obama recasts climate change as a more ‘immediate risk’

In a commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy, President Obama tied his urging for action on climate change to national security.

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 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

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National briefs: NSA may need to begin halting phone surveillance

Plus: Bill would end death penalty; meat labeling rules;  oil spill settlement; drug raids; shielding foes of gay marriage ’Happy’

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 Volunteers shovel oil from an oil slick into buckets along the coast of Refugio State Beach Wednesday in Goleta, Calif. A pipeline ruptured along the California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured.

California oil spill spreads across 9 miles of Pacific, cleaning efforts begin

As much as a fifth of the 105,000 gallons may have leaked out reached the sea, according to estimates.

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 Anthony Foxx

Takata air bag recall expands to record 34 million vehicles

The latest recall expansion made it one of the largest safety recalls in the country’s history.

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