In this photo taken May 26, 2015, a small plane flies near Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, Va. The plane is among a fleet of surveillance aircraft by the FBI, which are primarily used to target suspects under federal investigation. Such planes are capable of taking video of the ground, and some _ in rare occasions _ can sweep up certain identifying cellphone data. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

FBI behind surveillance aircraft over U.S. cities

The FBI has a civilian air force of scores of low-flying planes over U.S. cities to conduct both video surveillance and cell phone tracking.

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White House opens ‘superbug’ summit

A mainly closed-door White House meeting is seeking vendors for antibiotic-free meat and poultry to serve in government cafes it manages.

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National Briefs: Anthrax risk still unknown to Pentagon

Plus: Boston Marathon bombing; police shootings; California drought; and campaign financing.

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Congress turns away from intelligence law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers

The USA Freedom Act, which was previously passed by the House, was sent to President Barack Obama, who quickly signed it.

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 Anthony Elonis wasn’t convicted under a threat statute after he posted violent messages on social media.

Supreme Court issue rulings in 2 key cases of threats, religious bias

The Supreme Court on Monday decided cases involving online comments perceived as threats and regarding religious discrimination against job

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 A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer inspects items from a piece of luggage at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.

Acting head of TSA removed after report highlighting airport security lapses

News reports have said that undercover security agents had penetrated airport security on 67 occasions.

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 People attending the 25th Annual Meeting & Expo of Intelligent Transportation Systems browse the vendors on the exhibition floor Monday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Ex-Pittsburgher leading push for Google's self-driving car

A Google project leader tells the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s convention in Pittsburgh such vehicles are not far away.

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Senators turn to House bill after NSA powers halted

Senate action to end debate and move to a vote on the House-passed revision to the Patriot Act surveillance measures.

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 Students and others demonstrate on the Penn State's University Park campus in March in support of women who police say were depicted on the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook page.

Universities differ on revealing student discipline

PSU says releasing the discipline to fraternity members who posted nude photos of female students would violate federal privacy law.

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National Briefs: Keepsakes available prior to pope’s visit

Plus: Intern brings gun to work; synagogue’s future at stake; executive quits amid probe; and report says race a role in stops.

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Large U.S. cancer trial to match genetic glitches to targeted drugs

Overall, trial investigators plan to sequence the DNA of about 3,000 patients nationwide during the full course of the trial.

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 Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum launched his presidential bid in Butler County last week. According to campaign-finance records, in just over two years, Mr. Santorum’s 2012 election committee earned nearly $281,000 by lending out contact information for his supporters.

Political fundraising campaigns manage debts by selling data

A Brookings Institution scholar says “most people would be shocked” if they knew the type of information political campaigns had on them.

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 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Surveillance powers set to lapse as Sen. Paul obstructs

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.

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Sun returns to Texas, revealing flood damage across state

In such places as Houston, where cleanup efforts are underway, damage estimates top $45 million.

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Watchdog finds ex-Nazis got $20.2 million in Social Security

The payments are far greater than previously estimated and occurred between February 1962 and January 2015.

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Challenging Clinton, Sanders gains momentum in Iowa

When over 300 crowded into a community center to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders, cell phones of Democratic leaders statewide began to buzz.

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National briefs: Beau Biden’s death triggers outpour of grief

Plus: NBC, Williams negotiating, Budget deal collapses, Schieffer says goodbye

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 Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina talks to the media in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Promising a hawkish foreign policy, Graham enters White House race

The South Carolina senator entered the race a year after his political career appeared briefly to be on the ropes.

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Kerry to return home after breaking leg in bike accident following Iran talks

Mr. Kerry’s injury is “not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” a State Department spokesman said in a statement.

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Many patients with cancer that spreads to the brain could be spared some radiation, study says

Radiation therapy to the whole brain did not improve survival, and it harmed memory, speech and thinking skills, doctors found.

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 Michael Moreland

Former VA director Michael Moreland received another bonus before resigning in 2013

The former regional VA director was under fire for his management of the Legionnaires’ outbreak.

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 FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post 9/11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire midnight Sunday. Will that make Americans less secure?  Absolutely, senior Obama administration officials say.  Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire

Failure to pass legislation would mean new barriers for the government in domestic national security investigations.

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Martin O'Malley announces Democratic presidential bid

The former Maryland governor faces long odds in his quest for the nomination against Hillary Clinton.

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 A huge fan prevents an engine from overheating during testing of a semi-truck in the Environmental Protection Agency 's National Emissions Lab in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 13, 2015. Part of the new Òtruck treadmill," a new centerpiece of the lab, and one of the largest vehicle testing centers in the world that will play a crucial role in shaping and enforcing a major new environmental mandate by the Obama administration that could dramatically transform AmericaÕs trucking industry. (Laura McDermott/The New York Times)

EPA will put bigger trucks on a fuel diet

The truck proposals could cut millions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution while saving millions of barrels of oil.

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 **EMBARGO: No electronic distribution, Web posting or street sales before SATURDAY 11:00 p.m. ET MAY 31, 2015. No exceptions for any reasons. EMBARGO set by source.** FILE -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton during a roundtable with students and educators in Monticello, Iowa, April 14, 2015. While Republican presidential candidates can count on a stable of billionaires, none of the top Democratic donors have committed to supporting Clinton on a similar scale. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Democrats seek a richer roster to match Republicans

Republican contenders have already secured hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments from a stable of billionaires.

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National briefs: 200 in Phoenix protest Islam

Plus flooding in Texas; Egg costs soar; Appeal in Cleveland; and more.

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 Roshelle Piper, 29, left, and Tonya Tedrow, 27, have lived in the Littleton area all their lives. “I wish that somebody would come around and just wipe it out,” Ms. Tedrow says of her hometown.

Littleton, W.Va., is a town decimated by poverty, drugs

This once-thriving West Virginia town, just over the Pa. border, is the poorest in the state. Ravaged by heroin, it's a town without hope.

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 In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Latest U.S. proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

The Obama administration’s latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices.

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 Attorney General Beau Biden and his father, then candidate for Vice President, Joe Biden appeared on stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado in this August 27, 2008 file photo.

Joe Biden's son dies of brain cancer

Mr. Biden, 46, a former Delaware attorney general, was reported to be undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Hastert case is said to be linked to decades-old sexual abuse

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

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FBI: DNA lab errors extend to 1999

The FBI is telling crime labs that forensic data for thousands of cases may have errors related to DNA.

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U.S. swimming pools ban long breath-holding after deaths

This summer, New York City is putting up warning signs at all public pools prohibiting prolonged breath-holding.

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Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes?

Former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his Democratic presidential nomination campaign today.

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Patriot Act’s future uncertain as Sunday night Senate vote looms

President Barack Obama warned that U.S. intelligence agencies could be left in the dark.

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Bill Clinton defends namesake foundation

It was part of a stepped-up effort to undermine criticism of the organization that has emerged since his wife announced her candidacy.

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National Briefs: Deaths drop in teenage car crashes

Plus:  skin problems and tattoos; anthrax probe; floods kill at least 24; federal probe dropped in hanging; autism case; gay marriage

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Chinese national charged in test-taking scam released on bond in Boston

A magistrate released Siyuan Zhao on a $25,000 bond on GPS monitoring and ordered that he be sent to Pittsburgh to face trial.

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More storms lash Texas after severe weather kills 16

The National Weather Service was issuing a flash-flood watch Thursday for parts of Texas already reeling from torrential rains.

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Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore has had 38 homicides so far this month, its deadliest in 15 years.

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Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

He was indicted Thursday on federal charges he violated banking laws to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to mask “misconduct.”

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 U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.

U.S. removes Cuba from list of terrorism sponsors

It was an important step toward the president’s goal of improving relations between the two longtime adversaries.

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National briefs: Obama said recent storms a reminder to prepare for disasters

Plus: Anthrax mishap; HIV treatment; narrowing the “digital divide;” subway advertising; air-traffic facility fire

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 “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” George Pataki said in a video announcing his run for the Republican nomination for president.

Pataki adds socially liberal voice to Republican presidential race

Pataki, who served three terms as governor from 1995 to 2006, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate or the presidency in past years.

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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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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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Nebraska abolishes death penalty

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

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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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