Smoke and flames erupt from the scene of a train derailment Thursday near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser.

White House deferred to N. Dakota on oil train safety

The White House last summer and fall considered, then decided against promulgating national rules to control explosive gas in oil trains.

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Clinton’s email built for privacy though not security

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home-based email system may have been private, but it wasn’t necessarily secure.

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 Dr. Bill Bry, center, speaks during a media conference beside, from left, Dr. Robert Osorio, Dr. Steven Katznelson, Medical Director of CPMC's Kidney Transplant Program, and kidney donor Zully Broussard at California Pacific Medical Center on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in San Francisco. In a rare series of interlinked operations, six patients are getting kidney transplants from six donors at a San Francisco hospital. Dr. William Bry, a surgeon at California Pacific Medical Center, said the "kidney paired donations" are occurring thanks to a woman who started a chain of donations and a computer program that matches donors to recipients. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Leah Millis)

Chain of kidney transplants begins at San Francisco hospital

A rare six-way kidney swap at San Francisco hospital is facilitated by an earlier kidney recipient’s organ-matching software program.

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National briefs: Boy’s dad describes bombing

Plus: Arias spared death sentence; Supreme Court docket; news freedom victory; Exxon suit settled.

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 FILE- In this April 12, 2009 file photo, Cardinal Edward Egan receives a standing ovation after speaking to worshipers during Easter Mass in New York. Egan, the former archbishop of New York, died of cardiac arrest Thursday, March 5, 2015, in New York. He was 82. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Obituary: Cardinal Edward Egan / Retired archbishop of New York

He oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after 9/11.

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 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford crash-lands plane on golf course

Harrison Ford suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.

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 Emergency medical technician Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, rear, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013.

Survivor of Boston Marathon attack recalls locking eyes with bomber

Defense attorney David Bruck objected to the extent of testimony Wednesday from three women who described their injuries in detail.

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 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marches five of its elephants from a train in the Strip District to the Consol Energy Center in November 2013, a day before their show's opening.

Ringling Bros. eliminating iconic elephant acts by 2018

Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century and have often been featured in its posters.

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 McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a McDonald's restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa.

McDonald’s to reject chicken that contains human antibiotics

McDonald’s to halt use of chickens treated with antibiotics and will offer milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

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 Joe Sestak

Sestak begins journey for Senate

The retired Navy admiral stood across from Independence Hall to declare his candidacy.

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Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia, crashes through fence

Emergency responders are still assessing people, but any injuries appear to be minor, the Fire Department of New York said.

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National briefs: Keystone veto is sustained in the Senate

Plus: Lincoln Center gift; Gay-union ban fight; Muslim holy days; Jeb Bush’s plea to donors.

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 In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Feds clear officer in Ferguson case, criticize police force

“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

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 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Marathon bombing defense says Tsarnaev followed radical brother

The trial that begins today is expected to be one of the most closely watched terror cases in years.

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 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. links arms with other civil rights leaders as they begin the march to the state capitol in Montgomery from Selma, Ala. on March 21, 1965. The 50th anniversary of the March to Montgomery is being commemorated with a series of events in 2015.

A Personal Journey: The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.

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 More veto showdowns could await President Obama in the final two years of his term.

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline bill

It was the first of many possible veto showdowns possible in Mr. Obama’s final term.

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 A boy walks past a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, on Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials say U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The suburb’s police department commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man last summer.

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National Briefs: West Virginia governor vetoes abortion bill

Plus: Boston jury selected; Clinton email controversy; reversal in Alabama; and more.

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 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

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 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

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Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

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 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

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Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

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 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

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 Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus reaches deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor; likely won’t face prison

David Petraeus is a retired four-star general, who won renown in Iraq and Afghanistan, before going on to briefly lead the CIA.

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War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

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State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

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National Briefs: Report says cybersecurity lacking at FAA

Plus: 8 Amish resentenced; Nebraska same-sex ruling; Tamir Rice lawsuit; and more.

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U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon called the state's ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

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High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

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Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

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Traffic stops fueled animosity in Ferguson

The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report of the police in Ferguson, Mo.

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 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, speaks to reporters in 2008 at a news conference at a Chevrolet dealership in Bethesda, Md. Ms. Mikulski won’t run for re-election in 2016.

Mikulski, Maryland Democrat and role model, plans to retire from Senate in 2017

The surprising decision came just a few months after Republicans gained control of the Senate.

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National briefs: Astronauts complete spacewalk

Plus: Walker changes course; N.C. nightclub shooting; Ebola nurse plans suit; Homeless man shot.

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GOP states revisit Obamacare as Supreme Court weighs subsidies

At least six states where GOP leaders refused to set up state marketplaces considering steps to preserve the subsidies paid to residents.

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National briefs: U.S. moving to deport Bosnians

PLUS: Hyundai recalls Elantra cars; protests in Wisconsin; Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders

5 days ago

 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

Republican  leaders face different challenges as they try to produce responsible governance after Republicans won control of Congress.

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Republican race starts in lavish haunts of rich donors

The candidates are making their cases to rich donors whose wealth was fully unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

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W.Va. split as bill pits coal owners against miners

In the past, both sides have  joined together to oppose U.S. environmental rules that they say hurt Big Coal.

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Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.”

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 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

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Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

Passage of a one-week congressional extension of Homeland Security Department funding has averted an agency shutdown with hours to spare.

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Analysis: New party in charge, same challenges

The tense House meltdown underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions, no matter who’s in charge.

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No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Party leaders said they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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National Briefs: Exxon Mobil settles with New Jersey

Plus: Republicans open up; bill splits West Virginia; conservative economist; and more.

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 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, (middle) returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in Washington on Friday.

Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

The House of Representatives voted 357-60 for the measure with support from Democrats, following Senate passage by a voice vote.

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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.

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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.

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