British TV shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in Pirates baseball cap

Sky News says the black cap was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied.

about 8 hours ago

Uber says security breach affected about 50,000 drivers

The data breach involved current and former Uber drivers, and the company has notified attorneys general in states where those drivers live.

about 3 hours ago

Economy grew slower than previously believed in fourth quarter

Rate of 2.2 percent in the October-Dec. quarter marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which saw the strongest growth in 11 years.

about 12 hours ago

 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans agreed to vote on short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

about 21 hours ago

 Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

Vandals cutting a fiber-optic cable that took out Internet service, landlines, cellphones, computers, ATMs and 911 systems across Arizona.

about 21 hours ago

Police: Seven fatally shot, gunman dead in Missouri

The victims’ bodies were found in four different homes in Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

about 11 hours ago

Conservatives take turns slamming Obama, Hillary Clinton — even Jeb Bush

It was difficult for GOP presidential hopefuls to determine which arch-enemy to target at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

about 21 hours ago

 In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater.

Leonard Nimoy, of 'Star Trek' fame, dead at 83

Mr. Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, said the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

about 9 hours ago

 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

Two new meningitis vaccines should be used just for rare outbreaks, a federal panel recommends.

about 21 hours ago

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

Cdiff bacterial deaths have more than doubled since 2007, and more than 80 percent of the deaths are among people 65 and older.

about 21 hours ago

National Briefs: Obama to send 2 to AIPAC conference

Plus: Amazon hires Carney; Facebook gender options; D.C. pot controversy; Scruggs to move on; Tyson to be honored; Mo. official kills self

about 21 hours ago

Senate Passes Stopgap Homeland Security Funds, House May Follow

Earlier Friday, House Speaker John Boehner was unable to corral enough votes among his Republican majority to pass a short-term bill.

45 minutes ago

 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality Thursday in Washington.

In historic vote on Internet, split FCC OKs regulation

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote, will regulate broadband Internet under public utility laws, favoring “net neutrality.

1 day ago

 FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies

U.S.-Israel rift grows over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week against any nuclear deal with Iran.

1 day ago

NATO commander offers bleak outlook for Ukraine

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Putin’s success in destabilizing Ukraine would spur him to raise similar conflicts elsewhere.

1 day ago

House GOP still torn over Homeland Security funding

As the Senate progressed on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before its money runs out Friday night, it was still unclear

1 day ago

 Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, accompanied by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., before the committee voted to advance the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

U.S. Senate panel backs Loretta Lynch as attorney general

The 20-member panel voted 12-8 in favor of Lynch, a career prosecutor who is the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

about 22 hours ago

Supreme Court seems set to side with Muslim woman in head scarf case

A young Muslim woman’s job interview while wearing a headscarf provoked a discrimination case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court

1 day ago

 Deby Kyle, mother of Chris Kyle, leaves court after the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.  Routh, 27, of Lancaster, was convicted of the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

As in ‘‍Sniper’ trial, insanity often is unsuccessful defense

In states such as Texas, where the test for an insanity defense is knowing right from wrong, it is difficult for murder defendants to meet

1 day ago

National Briefs: Marijuana now legal in D.C.; GOP congressional leaders object

Plus: Big tobacco settles smoking lawsuits; new safer train design; Georgia delays execution; FCC set to pass Internet rules; 2016 election

1 day ago

McConnell plan moves Senate closer to deal on Homeland Security funding

But the proposal faced an uncertain future in the House, where Republican leaders conspicuously refused to embrace it.

2 days ago

U.S. charges three with conspiring to support ISIS, planning attacks

The two of the men also had expressed a willingness to carry out attacks on U.S. soil on behalf of Islamic State, according to officials.

1 day ago

Four Wesleyan students arrested in party drug hospitalizations

Eleven Wesleyan students received medical attention over the weekend; two students were still being treated Tuesday, police said.

2 days ago

VA chief McDonald apologizes for special forces claim

Veterans groups and lawmakers appeared ready to accept his expression of regret.

2 days ago

U.S. health official says no fix if Obamacare subsidies thrown out

The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether residents in at least 34 states are eligible for federal tax subsidies.

2 days ago

Emanuel faces runoff for Chicago mayor

Plus: Audits sink to 2004 levels; bounty of Russian hacker; U.S. river cruises set; 3rd state legalizing pot.

2 days ago

 Woodland Hills superintendent Alan Johnson, shown here in September, said the district is working to reduce the number of suspensions, including program changes as schools are realigned this fall and more teacher training on instructing children from diverse backgrounds.

Woodland Hills ranks in top 10 nationwide for elementary student suspensions

Researchers from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies say discipline gap needs to be addressed to solve the achievement gap.

3 days ago

 Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh enters the courtroom following a break in his capital murder trial.

Texas jury reaches verdict in 'American Sniper' murder trial

A jury convicted Eddie Ray Routh in the killing of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago.

2 days ago

Obama calls for higher standards on brokers giving retirement advice

Warning against advisers “bilking” clients, the president billed the move as part of his renewed focus on a populist economic message.

3 days ago

 Firefighters remain at the scene of a Metrolink commuter train crash early this morning in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

L.A. commuter train collides with tractor trailer, 30 injured

The Metrolink train crashed just before 6 a.m. Pacific time, overturning at least three rail cars, according to officials.

3 days ago

U.S. won't file civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death

Prosecutors concluded there wasn’t enough evidence of a civil-rights violation by George Zimmerman.

3 days ago

 Powerball winner Marie Holmes, second from left, of Shallotte, N.C., announces she won a third of a $564 million jackpot at a news conference Monday with financial adviser Dexter Perry, North Carolina Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland, second from right, and attorney Charles Francis in Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. mother claims share of $564M Powerball: 'I'm definitely moving'

The single mother of four says “I'm still processing it ... It's not hit me yet.”

3 days ago

 In this April 18, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The White House says President Barack Obama vetoed a Republican bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. It’s the third veto of Mr. Obama’s presidency.

Obama vetoes bill pushing Keystone pipeline approval

In doing so, the president swept aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress.

2 days ago

CIA plans to elevate espionage efforts on Web

The CIA is planning for increased use of cyber capabilities in almost every category of its operations as part of a broad restructuring.

3 days ago

In Supreme Court case challenging ACA, some question plaintiffs’ true problem with law

The plaintiffs charge that the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the federal health care law is wrong.

3 days ago

Jury awards $218.5 million in terrorism case against Palestinian groups

The damages are to be $655.5 million, under a law that provides for tripling the $218.5 million award the U.S. District Court jury made.

3 days ago

National Briefs: Allergy study backs feeding baby peanuts

Plus: Fed testimony awaited; Guantanamo progress; ice storm slams South; desertion conviction; 3 die in shooting spree.

3 days ago

Reward offered for information about Russian computer hacker behind GameOver Zeus

Evgeniy Bogachev is a Russian computer hacker under indictment in Pittsburgh and Nebraska.

3 days ago

 Security employees do a scheduled training exercise Monday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Republicans divided as Homeland Security shutdown looms

Meanwhile, White House officials began preparations for a potential shutdown of the agency this weekend.

3 days ago

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10-per-year pace

The federal government predicts accidents that could result in more than $4 billion in damage and possibly kill hundreds of people.

4 days ago

U.S. Justice Department asks for stay to allow immigration action

A Taxas judge had issued a court order to halt the actions, which would grant temporary relief from deportation for 4.7 million people.

4 days ago

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s leaders acknowledge that even after half a century, the need for aid is as great as ever.

4 days ago

With expected Keystone veto, Obama to open new era of presidency

The expected Keystone veto, the third and most significant of his six years in office, would likely be followed by more presidential vetoes.

4 days ago

Homeland Security shutdown can be avoided by Friday: senators

The senior Republican lawmakers’ statements come amid a GOP push to roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

4 days ago

Justice Dept. vs. Big Tobacco battle over cigarettes continues

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and several other leading companies are challenging the vividly worded statements mandated by a federal judge.

4 days ago

Lost WWII airman from Pittsburgh to be buried at Arlington

Sgt. Johnston’s plane was shot down by anti-aircraft guns over New Guinea on April 10, 1944.

4 days ago

National briefs: West Coast ports reset after deal

Plus: Chicago election; New England strike ends; Prisoners moved.

4 days ago

Battle to retake Iraqi city looms as test of Obama’s Islamic State strategy

Will the Pentagon need to deploy U.S. ground forces to call in airstrikes and advise Iraqi troops on the challenges of urban warfare?

5 days ago

 Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, pauses for a moment of silence Saturday while delivering a speech in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.

Malcolm X’s legacy survives 50 years after his assassination

His ideas are at core of a national debate over the treatment of African-Americans and other minorities by the U.S. criminal justice system.

5 days ago

States seek alternatives for highway, bridge funding

The network of roads, highways and bridges is aging during era in which federal money for such projects has remained stagnant or declined.

5 days ago


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