The organization sent an email to its members last week requesting money to “stop Obama from confiscating millions of guns.”

Could some Social Security recipients lose gun rights? NRA says yes

The NRA says beneficiaries who lack capacity to manage their affairs are targets for the “largest gun grab in American history.”

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 Dondie LeBlanc Breaux, mother of Mayci Breaux, center, and Kevin Breaux, right, father of Mayci, are comforted outside the Church of the Assumption, after her funeral in Franklin, La., Monday, July 27, 2015. She was one of two people killed in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman in La. shootings

Despite mental issues that spurred court-ordered hospital evaluation, shooter wasn’t involuntarily committed and thus was able to buy a gun.

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Obama criticizes Huckabee, Trump, Cruz and other Republicans

President Barack Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal and chided  “ridiculous” claims against it by Republican presidential contenders.

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FBI emphasizes speed as Islamic State exhorts individuals to attack

Its making swift arrests of those suspected of being Islamic State sympathizers in a strategy change to stem prospect for homegrown terror.

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 Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. arrives at the Capitol Building before the Senate convenes for a Sunday session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. On the agenda are efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and reviving the federal Export-Import Bank. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House, Senate clash over highway bill ahead of Friday deadline

The move sets the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of an August recess amid the summer driving season.

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 More than a dozen Chinese nationals were charged in May with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams and cheat their way into top American universities.

Convicted Chinese national in test-taking scheme asks for deportation; U.S. wants jail

Biyuan Li, 25, was among 15 Chinese nationals charged in U.S. and China with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams.

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Defense department renews $1.73 billion contract with CMU

The school’s SEI is the only federally funded research/development center dedicated to cybersecurity and software engineering.

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 Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., was killed by a woman he attacked July 18 in Charleston, W.Va. Police are investigating whether Falls had any connection to cases of suspicious deaths and missing women in other states.

Man killed by escort in W.Va. possibly linked to missing women

Police said Neal Falls of Oregon was under investigation by police in 20 states.

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National briefs: CDC releases details in pot cookie death

Plus: Boy Scouts end blanket ban on gay adult leaders; Space fans fund exhibit in Washington museum; and more news from around the country.

about 20 hours ago

House will decide fate of Export-Import Bank

Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Party’s most conservative wing a major defeat.

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Boy Scouts to end ban on gay leaders

However, some scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals.

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Lynch: Bland’s death highlights black Americans’ concerns

“...Many minority communities for so long have felt that law enforcement was coming in essentially to enforce laws against them,” she said.

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 Shadows of organizers and reporters pass a video display screen prior to a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics in January.

Boston drops out of Olympic bid race

Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision was a harsh blow to the city’s chances for the Summer Games.

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 President Barack Obama, third left,  participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at the National Palace today.

Obama, in Ethiopia, addresses South Sudan conflict

President Obama set a deadline for a peace accord, Aug. 17, threatening both sides with sanctions if they don’t.

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National briefs: After coma, child of R&B singer dies

PLUS: Trump GOP front-runner; Against ‘gun-free’ zones; Democrats block repeal; Fiat Chrysler fined.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday at a memorial to those killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya at Memorial Park in Nairobi.

In Kenya, Obama finds welcome mat, tough talk

Mr. Obama found himself at odds with his hosts over issues of democracy, human rights and same-sex marriage.

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In Pakistan, detainees are vanishing in covert jails

Critics warn that gains against the Taliban may be coming at the cost of human rights, potentially undermining its counterterrorism effort.

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 Mourners, Christina Walls, left, embraces Diana Lennon, right, during a candle light vigil to honor the victims of Thursday night's shooting at The Grand 16 theater during a vigil on Friday in Lafayette, La.

Movie theater shooter’s mental problems didn’t prevent gun purchase

Lafayerre shooter was able to purchase a gun despite metal troubles.

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Judge orders release of immigrant children, mothers detained by U.S.

A federal judge found that two detention centers fail to meet minimum legal requirements of a 1997 settlement.

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Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi

There appears to be a dispute between the panel and Ms. Clinton’s lawyers over the ground rules.

2 days ago

Mourners gather for Sandra Bland's funeral

The Texas sheriff at whose jail Ms. Bland was found hanged says he is seriously considering disciplinary action against jail staff members.

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National briefs: No thanks, Pentagon tells vigilantes

PLUS: Ex-cop held in heists; Economy affects major; Suspect in shooting killed.

2 days ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

Federal investigators ask for Justice Department probe of Clinton emails

The inspector general has advised the DOJ that some classified data went through Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server.

3 days ago

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to fix hacking issue

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to fix a software vulnerability that could let hackers wirelessly control a vehicle.

3 days ago

Nation briefs: McConnell the target of Cruz rancor

Plus: VA dysfunction alleged, Airline-fare rise probed, Rick Perry charge dropped

3 days ago

 Jonathan Pollard in 1998.

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard eligible for 'mandatory parole' in November

Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, could be freed as soon as November.

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 President Barack Obama is greeted by his half-sister Auma on Friday at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

With his visit to his father’s homeland, Obama shows a new sense of confidence

President Barack Obama on Friday came to Kenya, his father’s homeland, overriding debunked claims about his own birthplace and identity.

3 days ago

Turkey strikes Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time Friday, and leaders vowed further action against the militants.

3 days ago

If this little piggy gets too big, it’s bad

When this little piggy gets too big to be a pet, problems arise.

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 Mason Matthews, 10, leaves a card at a makeshift memorial for shooting victim Jillian Johnson Friday at Red Arrow Workshop in River Ranch in Lafayette, La.

Louisiana killings called ‘methodical’

A man who opened fire in Lafayette, La., is said to have a history of mental health issues.

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Trump makes Texas-size splash at border

Donald Trump’s border patrol escort for a trip to the U.S-Mexico border backed out of the event Thursday.

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Prosecutor agrees with Texas jail suicide finding

A Texas county prosecutor said the autopsy of Sandra Bland, a black woman found hanged in a Texas jail, confirms the initial suicide ruling.

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 An investigator photographs behind a tarp Thursday in the front yard of a home in Broken Arrow, Okla.

5 family members fatally stabbed

Police in suburban Tulsa, Okla., said that five family members were found stabbed to death and a sixth wounded in an affluent neighborhood.

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National briefs: 3 dead in La. theater shooting

PLUS: Shooter may get death; Fire hits Harpers Ferry; Bill targets illegals.

4 days ago

 FILE - This Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. The federal government’s two largest benefit programs face short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries. The magnitude of those problems will become clearer when the trustees for Social Security and Medicare issue their annual report cards. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Social Security disability fund to run dry next year, report says

An automatic 19 percent cut in benefits await the 11 million people getting Social Security disability unless Congress makes changes.

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Chattanooga victims were heroes in face of death

Some servicemen killed in the Tennessee shooting last week sacrificed themselves to divert the gunmen from others, investigators said.

5 days ago

U.S. jobless claims drop to 41-year low

The sturdy jobs picture together with a strengthening housing market brings the Federal Reserve a step closer to raising interest rates

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Tickets available next month for opening of Flight 93 memorial visitors complex

The 6,809-square-foot center will open Sept. 10 with a permanent exhibit dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.

5 days ago

National brifes: Video: Trooper threatened black woman

PLUS: New Ferguson cop chief; Trump travels to border; Shell to begin drilling.

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 Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks today in Washington.

U.S. charges hate crimes in Charleston

A grand jury in South Carolina returned a 33-count indictment against Dylann Roof, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

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Chattanooga gunman researched Islamic martyrdom, officials say

The gunman who killed five service members in Tennessee last week had researched martyrdom in Islamic materials online, investigators said.

6 days ago

Senators reach compromise on increases to highway spending

A bipartisan Senate deal has been struck for highway spending over the next three years and transportation policy through 2022.

6 days ago

Trump-GOP feud escalates after rival goes after him

Donald Trump’s confrontations with fellow Republican presidential contenders escalated Tuesday.

6 days ago

Nation briefs: Flash flooding collapses bridge in California

Plus: Convictions overturned, Jail cited after suicide, Contractor pays up, Second Planned Parenthood video released

6 days ago

 Executives and guests of Pittsburgh-based Wabtec Corp. visit the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

Weak showings from companies including IBM send stocks lower

Investors’ selling mood gave the stock market its first broad decline in four days.

6 days ago

Study shows Alzheimer’s worsens faster with women than men

Women with early memory loss decline at a much faster pace than men, a study has found.

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 The DEA's policies for using informants are different from those recommended by its parent agency, the Department of Justice.

DEA’s policy on informants blasted by Justice Department

The report says the DEA "had not established a process or any controls regarding the awarding" of workers' compensation to informants.

1 week ago

 Vietnam veteran Ed Morrissey of Nevada attends the VFW National Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

McCain says Trump doesn't owe him apology, but vets here disagree

But the GOP presidential candidate insisted in a phone interview that he had said “four times” that he respected those captured in war.

1 week ago

Hackers access cheaters’ data on hookup website

A popular website for would-be adulterers,, which claims 37 million users, has been hit by hackers.

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Papal pilgrims overwhelm Philadelphia transit ticket system

Philadephia’s transit system suspended rail pass sales for Pope Francis’ September visit to the city after its system was overwhelmed.

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