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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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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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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Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

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 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

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 In this April 13, 2014, file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters building is seen in Washington, D.C.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years.

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National Briefs: Court deals immigration plan a setback

Plus: Lassa fever patient dies; justice to hear redistricting case; 2 die in Wal-Mart shooting; more to enter presidential race; and more.

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Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

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Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Amtrak crash survivors, victims' families up against federal cap on damages

Family members and survivors in a 2008 Calif. crash sought to pressure Congress to lift the $200 million liability cap per rail accident.

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National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

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Cleveland police accept use of force limits in Justice Department deal

Federal authorities saw a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said.

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 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

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Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

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Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

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 Residents stand outside their homes Monday as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. At least 13 people died on Monday morning after the tornado hit.

Twister kills at least 13 in Mexico border city

In Texas, crews searched for people believed to be missing after a vacation home was swept away by a river swollen from a line of storms.

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 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Speaking to 5,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama called the burial place “more than a final resting place for fallen heroes.”

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 Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets escorted an Air France plane to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according the U.S. military.

Planes searched at NYC airport after threats made

The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.

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Study: pollutant levels high in Ohio area with fracking

Researchers took air samples in Carroll County, Ohio, where there are 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties.

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 Time Warner Center in New York City. A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Report: Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The combined companies could have as many as 23 million customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.

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Court documents raise questions about role of former DEA agent in mortgage fraud case

Now retired, Barry A. Baldwin was known to his Drug Enforcement Administration colleagues as “The Wizard” for his expertise in wiretaps.

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 FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.

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Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.

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Threat to nation's parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for 50 years to acquire land of special historical or environmental significance.

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National briefs: Ruptured pipeline had no automatic shut-off switch

Plus: Senate approves stop-gap to extend funding for highways; water lost in California after dam vandalized; and more.

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World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

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State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

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 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

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Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

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Senate Republicans signal willingness to revamp NSA phone records program

The shift does not end the stalemate in Congress that threatens to disrupt bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

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States retool police training

Washington state and others are trying to revamp police training to produce officers who are more community-friendly.

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