A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares at refineries and chemical plants nationwide shows that those emissions are four times higher than previously thought.

Flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, EPA updates find

Pollution emissions from flares at refineries and chemical plants are higher than previously thought, according to new federal formula.

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Baltimore mourners pay respects to man who died in custody

Mourners filed for hours Sunday past the coffin of Freddie Gray, somberly paying respects after a night of violent protests.

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For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company had been subject to multiple federal and state probes.

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Chipotle taking out food genetically modified ingredients

The move to take GMOs out of its products is a first for a major restaurant chain.

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World briefs: 5 missing in Alabama waters

Plus: Bush campaign trail; Colorado shooting trial; Safety flaws found

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 Efforts to reduce official housing discrimination and the rise of the black middle class have led to many more African Americans living in the suburbs.

Levels of segregation have changed over the past 70 years, sociology professor says

Mary Pattillo of Northwestern University notes a sharp change in housing segregation patterns over the past 70 years.

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Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

Acting chief executive Maura Pally defended the foundation’s work and reaffirmed its commitment to transparency.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Saturday while, behind him, comedian Keegan-Michael Key plays “Luther, Obama's anger translator” at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Obama takes jabs at Republicans at White House correspondents dinner

Entertainer Cecily Strong also took some pointed jabs at the commander in chief.

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Unclassified Obama emails seen by Russian hackers, officials say

The hackers do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from President Obama’s BlackBerry.

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Baltimore crowd swells in protest of Freddie Gray’s death

Daily demonstrations have swept across the city since the man, Freddie Gray, died last Sunday, but Saturday’s turnout was among the largest.

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NBC News: Brian Williams embellished stories many times

The investigation, led by NBC News senior executive producer Richard Esposito, may be a factor in network’s decision to rehire Mr. Williams.

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National briefs: Funds dry up for Tea Party lawmakers

Plus: Starbucks back online; “American Sniper” flap; truckers in wage dispute; college lockdown ends; coyote caught in NYC.

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 Paul Mason is treated for an infection in his leg in March at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Mr. Mason, once known as the world’s fattest man, has since lost two-thirds of his body weight, but he has struggled with the burden of almost 100 pounds of excess skin, and hopes for surgery soon.

Docs with Pittsburgh ties prepare for high-profile surgery

They will remove up to 100 pounds of excess skin from a man who once weighed nearly 900 pounds but has since lost 650 pounds.

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 Bruce Jenner in September 2013.

Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender: ‘I am a woman’

The Olympic gold-medal winner said that he has felt this way all his life, during an ABC News “20/20” interview.

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 Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as he leaves the Justice Department  in Washington on Friday for the last time as attorney general.

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Eric Holder, a former judge and U.S. attorney, will exit the Justice Department as the third-longest serving attorney general in U.S.

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U.S. data show that mammograms still often begin at 40

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its screening guidelines to recommend mammograms every two years for women over 50.

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House threatens to slash defense funding over Bergdahl investigation

The GOP leadership of the House Armed Services Committee has tucked the provision into an early version of an annual defense spending bill.

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Potent ‘spice’ drug fuels rise in visits to emergency room

“Spice” is the street name for a family of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana.

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National Briefs: HIV outbreak intensifies, prompts alert

Plus: stage collapse hurts 16; hazing convictions; stun guns suspended;

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Obama apologizes for Jan. drone attack

The bungled attack is likely to raise questions about the Obama administration’s extensive use of drones in its war against terrorism.

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Donor controversies raise old criticisms of Clintons’ fundraising and wealth

But Hillary Clinton’s campaign says that a much of the criticisms is based on “innuendo.”

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 In this image, students from Westfield High School in central Indiana are on the stage during the grand finale of the concert dubbed "American Pie" Thursday night just prior to the stage collapse. More than a dozen students were injured.

More than 12 students hurt as stage collapses at Indiana high school

Police said all of the injuries the students suffered in the collapse Thursday evening were minor.

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 A photo taken of Hubble during a service mission in 1999.

Still sharp, Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 with a cloudy future

The Hubble changed our understanding of the age of the universe, the evolution of galaxies and the expansion of space itself.

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Women held captive in Cleveland home for decade release memoir

Amanda Berry’s "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" was written with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.

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 A Blue Bell Ice Cream truck stops at Walgreen's in Dallas on Thursday. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats.

Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can’t grow at freezing temperatures.

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National briefs: Quakes linked to drilling

Plus: Petraeus gets probation; Tsarnaev penalty phase; Trade measure advances

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 Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in January.

Striking new tone a priority for Lynch

Lynch will replace Eric Holder and become the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement post.

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Michael Brown’s parents file lawsuit against Ferguson

The suit seeks a court order to prohibit the use of techniques “that demean, disregard, or underserve its African-American population.”

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 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx speaks Wednesday after touring Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville.

Transportation chief visits Pittsburgh to view new research, technology

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited CMU robotics center and marveled at the technology, but bemoaned the potholes outside.

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 David H. Petraeus arrives at federal court today in Charlotte, N.C., for sentencing. Mr. Petraeus pleaded guilty to disclosing  classified information to his biographer. He was also accused of lying about it to F.B.I. agents.

Former CIA director Petraeus admits in court to mishandling classified information

Petraeus was also fined $100,000, which was $60,000 more than the government had recommended.

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 President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House today. The president took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies.

American, Italian hostages killed in U.S. drone strike on al-Qaida

“No words can fully express our regret over this tragedy,” a White House statement said.

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Lawyer: Duerson family to appeal NFL concussion settlement

The family objects to the exclusion of future awards for CTE, the brain trauma that some call “the signature disease of football.”

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 In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, former Cincinnati Red great Pete Rose walks onto the field during ceremonies honoring the starting eight of the 1975-76 World Champion Reds following a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Cincinnati.

MLB commissioner: Pete Rose to play role in All-Star Game

Commissioner Rob Manfred said he has not determined a timetable to decide on Rose’s application to end his lifetime ban from baseball.

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McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers is preparing a measure to scale back the government’s spying powers under the Patriot Act.

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Iowa man accused of raping wife with Alzheimer’s is acquitted

In the highly unusual case, Henry Rayhons, 78, faced a felony charge that could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison.

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Ebola drug works against West African strain in study of monkeys

The monkeys that got the drug survived, but all three untreated monkeys died, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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Analysis: Obama’s fight for trade authority faces radically altered political landscape

The Senate Finance Committee began debate Wednesday on the measure known as the Trade Promotion Authority.

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National Briefs: Senate OKs trafficking measure

Plus: Cybersecurity bill OK’d; 8 million IRS callers cut off; campaign finance push; and more.

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 President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators.

Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months

A vote on Loretta Lynch’s confirmation had been help up in the Senate because of partisan wrangling over abortion.

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SkyWest jet carrying unconscious passenger makes emergency landing

SkyWest jet with unconscious passenger descends at 7,000 feet per minute for emergency landing.

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Oklahoma recognizes role of drilling in earthquakes

Scientists have linked earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas to oil and natural gas extraction operations.

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Police can’t extend traffic stop to wait for sniffing dogs, justices say

Otherwise, such procedures violate the Constitutional ban on unreasonable seizures, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3.

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U.S. bird flu outbreak hits millions of Iowa egg-laying hens

The latest outbreak of avian flu has led some of the biggest importers of eggs and poultry from the U.S. to ban them.

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National Briefs: DEA chief announces her retirement

Plus: changes to electric grid; ice cream recalled; two chimps in court; and more.

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 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart .

DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

Michele Leonhart, said Tuesday that she plans to retire after three decades with the agency.

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 Daniel Berehulak, a photographer for The New York Times, is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City. This Sept. 5, 2014, photo shows James Dorbor, 8, suspected of being infected with Ebola, being carried by medical staff to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy, who was brought in by his father, lay outside the center for at least six hours before being seen.

South Carolina newspaper wins key Pulitzer Prize

The Post and Courier, a small-circulation newspaper in Charleston, S.C., on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, journalism’s

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6 men charged with planning to join Islamic State

6 Somali-American men from Minnesota were charged Monday with planning to join the Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria.

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New law to strip Social Security numbers from Medicare cards

New law President Obama signed last week will end Medicare’s insurance cards with Social Security numbers.

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National briefs: Google beginsphone, tabletsearch tweaks

Plus: Police custody death; Breast cancer rise seen; TSA tightens rules

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 Bishop Robert Finn in November 2011. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn, who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser.

Pope accepts resignation of bishop who didn’t report abuse

Bishop Robert W. Finn, 62, was the only U.S. Roman Catholic bishop to be convicted for not reporting suspicion of child abuse.

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