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Big money to fight big donors

Mayday’s odd alliance will spend $12 million to help elect lawmakers who back curbing influence of wealthy donors.

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Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

The small dip is adding to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.

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Report finds Medicare finances improving partly due to Obamacare, hospital expenses

Annual trustees forecast of two largest entitlement programs shows forces reining in health care spending are extending Medicare funds.

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National briefs: Airlines win battle on fares

PLUS: Southwest Airlines faces fine; surveillance programs criticized; Virginia's same-sex marriage ban overturned; sex-abuse suspect

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Forcible extraction of inmates from cells exposed

Cell extraction is the forcible removal of a prisoner from a cell by a tactical team armed with less-lethal weapons such as Tasers.

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Tentative deal reached on VA reform

House and Senate leaders’ plan calls for more clinics, doctors and nurse.

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Nation briefs: Salmonella trial to begin in Ga.

PLUS: Phila. hospital shooting; Lightning strike kills 1; Spider-Man fights police.

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 Costumed characters walk outside of the convention center on at the Comic-Con International Convention on Thursday in San Diego.

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

One group is pushing the convention to adopt a formal anti-harassment policy.

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Texas senator expects U.S. House to pass 'skinnied-down' border bill

Democrats and Republicans weigh how much of President Barack Obama’s supplemental request to allocate.

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California governor hoping to get Mexico to grow green

Jerry Brown will lead a group of more than 100 lawmakers, administration officials, lobbyists and business leaders this week.

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 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

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Arizona execution sparks debate on methodology

Many proponents reject the idea a few minutes or hours of suffering by a criminal who caused great suffering to others should spur changes.

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 “Doc McStuffins” is a series about a 6-year-old African-American girl who runs and operates a clinic for broken toys and stuffed animals. “The kids who are of color see her as an African-American girl, and that’s really big for them,” says Chris Nee, the creator of Doc McStuffins. “And I think a lot of other kids don’t see her color, and that’s wonderful, as well.”

Race in Toyland: A nonwhite doll crosses over

The popularity of Doc McStuffins reflects, in part, the country's changing consumer demographics, experts say.

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National briefs: Kurdish oil approaches U.S.

PLUS: Carjack suspects at large; guns found at suspect's home; Goldman Sachs nears deal; Nissan recalls airbags; study: basin heavily used.

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Report on ‘torture’ kept out of reach

Former CIA officials told they could read it, but then told they couldn’t.

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 Attorney Jonathan Schochor walks into his office in Baltimore in an undated photo. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21. 2014. “All of these women were brutalized by this,” said the women’s lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. “Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Pelvic-picture victims must share trauma to win compensation

Settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System requires patients photographed during exams to describe the damage they’ve suffered.

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House vote would expand child tax credit to more middle-income families

Democrats and White House contend that bill’s provisions would provide aid higher-income families at the expense of the poorest ones.

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Executive action on immigration may provoke GOP impeachment bid, White House says

Presidential action on broad reforms later this summer will shape immigration policy for years, aide says.

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Con artist files 'suit' for Bernie Madoff

Con man may have conned court for another con man.

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 Central American immigrants await transportation to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on Thursday near Mission, Texas.

Obama presses Honduran, Guatemalan and Honduran leaders to stem migrant tide

He urged the three presidents to persuade citizens not to undertake the perilous journey to the United States.

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National briefs: Measure would ‘unlock’ phones

Plus: Dade County mar­riage ban over­turned; Arrest in Kansas heat death; Kuwaiti may go free: Sen. Paul courts blacks

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U.S. firms that merge with foreign ones to avoid taxes are 'deserters,' Obama says

The president says that firms that merge with overseas ones for tax avoidance are burdening middle-income families here.

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Some ACA enrollees found varying subsidy amounts

Feds say those who experienced subsidy disparities likely erred in entering personal data.

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3 executions gone wrong in 6 months offer fodder for death-penalty foes

Opponents suggest lethal injections have too many risks now and are tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment.

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 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Rep. Ryan offers new GOP plan to combat poverty

While consolidating multiple programs into a single grant, it mainly shifts anti-poverty efforts onto the states.

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 President Barack Obama.

Obama mulls letting in hundreds of Honduran youths as refugees

Administration may screen minors and young adults in Honduras to see if they qualify to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds.

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PLUS: 9/11 defendant sidelined; 2 die in campground storm; Obama suit bid advances; senator's plagiarism flap; Ohio State band chief axed; prison for violin theft.

Plus: 2 die in storm; 9/​11 figure sidelined; Obama suit bid gains; Senator’s plagiarism flap; Band director axed; Prison for violin theft

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National Briefs: Teen is killed in flight quest

PLUS: highway bill OK’d; Senate hopefuls clash; ex-charity chief sentenced; StubHub fraud revealed.

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Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

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Feds to offer $10B in rural project loans

The fund will help pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutions to invest in rural infrastructure markets.

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Execution said to go awry

A condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution by lethal injection Wednesday before he died.

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Feds want oil trains to get faster upgrades

Federal regulators, responding to derailments and spills, have specified a speedier upgrade timetable than was expected.

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EPA defends attempts to reduce pollutants

Agency chief Gina McCarthy says the proposed rule will create jobs in the clean energy sector, reduce energy costs and increase profits.

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Lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

Michael Farrell had been reassigned last month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed safety breaches.

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Obama signs new job-training law

Obama cites ‘‍skills gap,’‍ signs law intended to reduce bureaucracy while helping workers gain prepare for new jobs.

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 FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Big issues loom for Congress as recess nears

August recess looms, but issues such as highway funding and veterans care must be dealt with first.

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Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border fund plan

Appropriations panel‘‍s plan would fund president’‍s proposal through year‘‍s end, but without changes to trafficking law.

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More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

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Nation briefs: GOP newcomer wins in Georgia runoff

PLUS: Koch brothers‘‍ gift fuels debate; Wash. slide unpredictable, report says; Mich. killings probed; N.J. casino robbed.

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Study says beef a heavy polluter

Raising beef for the dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

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Retaliation at VA bared

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight cited complaints from medical professionals coast to coast.

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 In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, foreground center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands between his attorneys as the verdict is read in his federal trial Monday in Boston.

Boston bomb cover-up trial gets conviction

The Boston bomb suspect’s classmate has been convicted of trying to hide evidence that could incriminate his friend.

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 Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference in the governor's press room Monday in Austin, Texas. He announced that he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas guardsmen to bolster border

Rick Perry says Texas is being overwhelmed by influx of Central American children, and criminals are exploiting the crisis.

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 This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million in hidden camera scandal

Ni­kita Levy was fired af­ter 25 years with the Johns Hop­kins Health System in Bal­ti­more in Feb­ru­ary 2013.

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National Briefs: 3 held in killings of homeless

PLUS: Job protection for gays; Arizona execution legal battle; firefighting improves in Wash. state; Neil Armstrong honored.

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Obama to report widening of initiative for black, Latino boys

Sixty of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve educational futures, beginning in preschool.

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Court delays execution over secrecy with drugs

A federal appeals court has delayed the imminent execution of Arizona man Joseph Wood, saying he has a legal right to details.

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 From left, Detroit retirees Mike Shane and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse July 3 in Detroit.

Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

Detroit has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into a judge’s decisions during next month’s bankruptcy trial.

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Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, a study found.

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World Briefs: Signs of slowing in Wash. wildfire

PLUS: Shootings rattle Chicago; New York responders probed; Ill. pot bill signed; Sides to meet on Panama Canal.

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