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.

about 9 hours ago

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.

about 9 hours ago

Nation briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

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

about 9 hours ago

Cleveland reaches settlement with Justice Department over police conduct

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

about 3 hours ago

 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.

1 day ago

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.

1 day ago

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.

1 day ago

 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.

about 21 hours ago

 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.”

about 20 hours ago

 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.

about 20 hours ago

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.

1 day ago

 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.

about 19 hours ago

 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

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

2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

 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.

3 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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.

3 days ago

States retool police training

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

3 days ago

National Briefs: Some Calif. farmers offer big water cuts

Plus: Pipeline ordered tested after spill; oil platform shuts down; cigarette packs must carry warning; suspect arrested in D.C. murders

3 days ago

 Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.

Cleveland officer acquitted of manslaughter in 2012 deaths of black unarmed couple

The trial of the officer, Michael Brelo, played out amid broader questions about how the police interact with African-Americans and use

2 days ago

 A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified. Johnston was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2015.

A North Sider's long journey home

Charles Johnston’s plane went missing over New Guinea in 1944. This is how he made his way back home.

4 days ago

Obama defends approach to Islamic State fight but says more is needed

Mr. Obama said the U.S. and its allies aren’t losing against the Islamic State, but more should be done to help Iraq reseize lost territory.

4 days ago

Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

4 days ago

Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in box

The woman was found killed Thursday, as was her teenage son, and her former boyfriend was being sought to face charges.

4 days ago

Boy Scouts' president calls for end to ban on gay leaders

Robert Gates, also a former defense secretary, made the statement at the organization’s annual meeting.

4 days ago

National briefs: Search broadens for suspect in D.C. slayings

Plus: Democratic lawmakers condemn President Obama’s “jailing” of migrant mothers and children; environmentalists rallying after oil spill.

4 days ago

 FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew McCabe, Washington Field Office, listens during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where it was announced that four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007.

Banks fined more than $5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging

It was a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

5 days ago

 Graduate Robert McConnel asks U.S. President Barack Obama to strike a “James Bond” pose Wednesday during the 134th commencement exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Obama recasts climate change as a more ‘immediate risk’

In a commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy, President Obama tied his urging for action on climate change to national security.

5 days ago

 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

4 days ago

National briefs: NSA may need to begin halting phone surveillance

Plus: Bill would end death penalty; meat labeling rules;  oil spill settlement; drug raids; shielding foes of gay marriage ’Happy’

5 days ago

 Volunteers shovel oil from an oil slick into buckets along the coast of Refugio State Beach Wednesday in Goleta, Calif. A pipeline ruptured along the California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured.

California oil spill spreads across 9 miles of Pacific, cleaning efforts begin

As much as a fifth of the 105,000 gallons may have leaked out reached the sea, according to estimates.

5 days ago

 Anthony Foxx

Takata air bag recall expands to record 34 million vehicles

The latest recall expansion made it one of the largest safety recalls in the country’s history.

6 days ago

 A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington today. The document is among 100 realized by U.S. intelligence officials.

Months before U.S. raid, bin Laden considered leaving Pakistan compound

The correspondence is part of a new set of documents that were declassified and released to the public Wednesday.

5 days ago

 John Gentzel, the owner of J & P Apiary and Gentzel's Bees, Honey and Pollination Company, works with his honeybees Tuesday in Homestead, Fla.

To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees

The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better.

6 days ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks down main street in Independence, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Clinton urges State Department to speed release of emails

Her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.

6 days ago

4 cancer charities accused in FTC fraud case

Federal authorities and all 50 states are accusing them of deceiving donors and diverting close to $190 million for personal expenses.

6 days ago

National Briefs: Transportation funding bill clears House

Plus: Shell’s drilling plans; California signs climate pact; Los Angeles City Council boosts minimum wage; gang shootout in Waco, Texas.

6 days ago

 Authorities here are watching to see if Sunday's deadly biker gang clash in Waco, Texas, has any implications for gang activities in Western Pennsylvania.

Outlaw biker gangs in Pittsburgh area have splintered over time

Despite prosecutions and jail terms, the biker gangs still maintain a presence in this region and occasionally make very public appearances.

1 week ago

 Meat labels are seen at a grocery store in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WTO rejects U.S. meat ‘origin’ labels

The World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. “country of origin” labels on red meat may force Congress to change or rescind the labels.

1 week ago

 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hugs Mary Schaheen, the first passenger in line for Train 110 at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station as Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday.

Investigators unsure anything struck train before derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board said it has not ruled out the possibility that an object may have struck the windshield,

1 week ago

Supreme Court rules against Maryland over taxation

The court ruled Maryland can’t doubly tax its residents by denying them full credit for certain taxes paid on income earned in other states.

1 week ago

 Authorities investigate a shooting that killed nine people in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Authorities said the victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting.

Nearly 200 arrested in Texas after deadly biker gang shootout

Those under arrest will face charges of engaging in organized crime, police said following a deadly gun battle at a sports bar on Sunday.

1 week ago

Candidates call Iraq war a mistake

Many people have been saying that for years, of course. But politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion.

1 week ago

Freddie Gray among many suspects who did not get medical care from Baltimore police

From June 2012 through April 2015, Baltimore correctional officers have refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody.

1 week ago

Nation briefs: Apple CEO tells grads to fight injustice

Plus: Rapper killed in NYC, Bird flu spreads in U.S., Central U.S. hit by floods

1 week ago


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