Reddit CEO Pao under fire as users protest removal of executive

The popular website experienced wide blackouts over the weekend as moderators spoke up.

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Hope for a more moderate Congress

A former congresswoman from California is hoping to bring about change in the way states draw their district borders.

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Nation briefs: Man dies in fireworks incident

Plus: Haley rebukes flag; 2 killed in accident in Ohio River; Deck collapse at N. Carolina beach house

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 John Massari,  a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.

Is it time to play taps for live buglers?

John Massari plays taps at military funerals next to a device that plays a digital recording. What happens when the live buglers are gone?

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Obama will expand clemency use to free nonviolent drug offenders

The move by the president is an effort to correct what he sees were errors when politicians went too far in cracking down on crime.

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Scientists, North Carolina offials look for patterns after 7 shark attacks

There’s no obvious explanation for the uptick in attacks. The sharks have ranged from five to eight feet, according to victims’ estimates.

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Lawmakers want Internet sites to flag 'terrorist activity' to law enforcement

But the proposal has raised concerns that it undermines First Amendment protections of free speech and would intrude on a person’s privacy.

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Nation briefs: No stopping holiday festivities

Plus: Fla. Ferris wheel reopens; Clinton calls out China; Ohio disappearances; N.C. deck collapse.

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GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

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 An undated painting of John Jay

Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

Jay’s admirers argue his achievements extend to virtually every branch of government, on the state, federal and international level.

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Plenty will claim to be Uncle Sam, but a few can prove the lineage

The status of Wilson’s descendants comes via, a genealogy research site based in Israel.

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 In this November 2005 file photo, public information director Larry Greene is shown in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio obtains federal drug import license in overseas search for lethal drugs

The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the DEA late last year.

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Stonie tops Chestnut in annual NY hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the annual contest in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory.

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 Anthropologists Carrie LeGarde, left, and Jennie Jin look over remains at a lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The K208 lab is responsible for the identification of remains of Korean War soldiers.

Apollo sergeant lost in Korean War finally comes home

Sixty-five years after Sgt. Joseph Snock of Apollo was captured, his remains have been identified.

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 Barricades are set up for the Capitol concert in Washington, D.C. Security has been increased for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Potential holiday threats assessed with focus on 'lone wolf' terrorists

Officials cite an increased effort by the Islamic State to galvanize its sympathizers in the United States and elsewhere since Memorial Day.

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 The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early today, would make Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal

Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth.

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Homeland Security shifts deportation focus off those with longtime roots in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is targeting illegal immigrants who are criminally convicted, terrorism threats or new border-crossers.

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Dozens treated after rail car burns in Tenn.

A train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire early Thursday in eastern Tennessee.

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Ex-Virginia senator joins 2016 race for Democratic Party nomination

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who was a Reagan administration Navy secretary, has announced he is entering the race.

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NASCAR asks fans to keep rebel flags away from tracks

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols,” the tracks and their ownership groups stated Thursday.

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National briefs: Charlestown church fund established

PLUS: Sanders hits $15 million; Big donors boost Clinton; Obama attacks Walker

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 In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill

The settlement in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill represents the largest environmental settlement in American history.

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 FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

U.S. probing possible airline collusion

The Justice Department is conducting a civil antitrust investigation of whether airlines illegally signaled each other to keep fares high.

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 Bystanders watch as public safety personnel work at the scene of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday night in Greeleyville, S.C.

As S.C. fire investigated, data show church fires not unusual

More than a half-dozen firest have burned black churches since a white gunman was charged in the Charleston, S.C. shooting.

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 A police officer speaks on his phone along M Street in southeast Washington this morning after an official said shots have been reported in a building on the Washington Navy Yard campus.

Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

The incident comes amid heightened security concerns ahead of the U.S. July Fourth holiday weekend.

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Clinton has raised $45 million since April

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has reported more than $45 million in donations.

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 Emergency personnel stand by as evacuees gather at the Foothills Mall early today in Maryville, Tenn., after they were forced to leave their homes when a rail car carrying a flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire.

Train carrying gas derails, 5,000 evacuated in Tenn.

The CSX train derailed in Blount County in the Maryville area, south of Knoxville.

4 days ago

National briefs: Cameras now allowed at the White House

PLUS: New Marines top officer; Obama celebrates success; Toll traffic increase; Pot legal in Oregon; Girl Scouts returns gift.

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 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

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 President Barack Obama talks about the United States' relations with Cuba, while Vice President Joe Biden looks on, in the Rose Garden at the White House today.

U.S., Cuba to reopen embassies

U.S. Interests Section chief Jeffrey DeLaurentis arrived at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana this morning to hand-deliver the message.

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United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

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Mentally ill often hit by police gunfire

Police nationwide so far in 2015 have shot and killed 123 people exhibiting mental or emotional crisis, a Washington Post analysis found.

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Justices to consider union dues case during next term

The Supreme Court said it would determine whether public employees should be forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join.

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National briefs: Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Plus: Escapee conducted dry run; NSA can monitor calls; Commandments ousted; KKK to hold rally; Vaccination measure; CPR campaign urged

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 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

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United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

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 Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey gets a kiss from a supporter Tuesday after he formally announced his campaign for the 2016 nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.

Christie announces run, pledging strength and truth

Christie reintroduces himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans.

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 People rally in Malone, N.Y., on Friday in support of law enforcement officers following the search for two escaped convicted murderers.

Escaped convicts planned to go to Mexico, Cuomo says

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that two killed or captured escaped murderers had intended first to go to Mexico.

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Same-sex ruling obeyed in South

County clerks in South reluctantly issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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 The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds use of disputed lethal-injection drug

The court said the sedative drug does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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 Police stand over escaped convict David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

Officials: Captured N.Y. convict 'critical but stable'

The governor said Sweat initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical Sunday night.

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 A firefighter moves a hose into position outside a house into which a small plane that took off from Lancaster, Pa., had crashed in Plainville, Mass., Sunday.

Lancaster, Pa. plane crashes into Mass. home, killing 3

The plane wound up behind the two-story colonial, where a section of the tail and a charred wing rested on a hillside in the yard.

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 The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

Supreme Court ruling preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting

The argument against independent commissions rests in the Constitution’s Election Clause.

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 Donald Trump speaks June 16 at Trump Tower in New York.

NBCUniversal cuts ties with Trump after 'derogatory' comments about Mexicans

The real estate mogul is one of many contenders for the GOP nomination for president.

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 Christian Vidaure, left, Darrell Hardaway, and Jasmine Haygood, right, perform during the 45th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday.

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Overall attendance was expected to be in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

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 In this May 6, 2014, file photo, Israelis watch an air show during Independence Day in Tel Aviv.

Report says world Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust level

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world.

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 An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes Sunday after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station; cargo lost

It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.

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National briefs: Survey: U.S. kids face abuse on many fronts

Plus: Puerto Rico debt; Trade, worker bills are law; N.C. private toll lanes; Detroit mom pleads guilty;New statue for Georgia

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 Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

New York prison break ends with shooting of 2nd fugitive

Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York.

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National Briefs: A grieving Biden visits Charleston

Plus: Bulger says his life was wasted; Ohio governor to announce bid; Missouri to change insurance; and more.

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