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.

about 12 hours 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.

about 11 hours 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.

about 11 hours 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.

about 11 hours ago

World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

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

about 11 hours 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.

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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.

1 day ago

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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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

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 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

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 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.

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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.

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Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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’

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

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 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.

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 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.

5 days 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,

5 days 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.

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 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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

6 days ago

 President Barack Obama speaks Monday with Camden County Police Chief John Scott Thomson as he tours the county police department’s Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center.

Obama limits police gear

The ban is part of Mr. Obama’s push to ease tensions between law enforcement and minority communities.

5 days ago

 Political campaigns down to the state House level are targeting voters via social media based on information collected by social media companies and Big Data firms.

Political campaigns rely on social media data to target voters

Political campaigns now buy your data, and send their messages directly to you via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube because it is efficient.

6 days ago

Amtrak told to expand speed control at deadly crash site

The Federal Railroad Administration plans to order Amtrak to install an automatic train control system in the area of the fatal crash.

1 week ago

Death penalty for bomber leaves Boston unsure of itself

To many, the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarmaev almost feels like a blot on the city’s collective consciousness.

1 week ago

Drought transcends state lines as Western U.S. turns arid

Nevada and Washington are among states feeling the effects of lacking rainfall.

1 week ago

Anti-Arctic drilling kayaktivists hold 'Shell No' protest

Protesters gathered in Seattle to oppose pil and gas exploratory drilling in the waters off Alaska.

1 week ago

Most Ferguson-related changes fail to pass Missouri legislature

The legislature did pass one bill advocates sought, which was aimed at limiting municipal reliance on fines for revenue.

1 week ago

Nation briefs: Speeches net millions for Clintons

Plus: Flu slows production; Last graduation at women’s college; Blue Bell layoffs; Geese killed by poison.

1 week ago

 People at the Central Texas MarketPlace watch a crime scene near the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX-TV there were "multiple victims" after gunfire erupted between rival biker gangs at the restaurant.

Nine killed in fight between bikers in Texas

The shootout took place in a parking lot outside the restaurant; eight people died there and one died at a hospital, according to reports.

6 days ago

House passes Pentagon measure after fights over funding and immigration

The 269-to-151 vote was an unusually low level of support — the bill received 325 votes in 2014.

1 week ago

National Briefs: Homicide ruled in police use of Taser

Plus: Bergdahl prisoner swap; terror suspect sentenced; prominent family slain; and more.

1 week ago

 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death

The federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release.

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