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  • 5 Taliban figures exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The five Taliban figures released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in May 2014 in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held hostage by the Taliban for nearly five years: —Mohammad Fazl is a former deputy defense minister and chief of staff and commander...

  • State to sell former motel-turned-correctional center along Route 66 in Oklahoma City

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The former Kate Barnard Community Correction Center in Oklahoma City is just one of many properties that will be sold at auction as the state seeks to make some money on buildings it no longer uses.

  • APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves accessed a system called "Get...

  • State Dept. files proposal to release Clinton emails

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Tuesday filed a proposal to resume the release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private account next month. The agency proposed in a court filing that it would begin posting the emails on the department's website on June...

  • FTC approves Reynolds' purchase of cigarette rival Lorillard

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reynolds American's proposed $25 billion acquisition of rival Lorillard has cleared a key regulatory hurdle to move closer to completing a deal that will unite some of the nation's top cigarette brands. The Federal Trade Commission gave its consent Tuesday after wrapping up a...

  • Cleveland, US Justice Department announce police settlement

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a settlement announced Tuesday with the federal government that will put the 1,500-member department under an independent monitor. The settlement...

  • Arizona House Democrat to challenge McCain for Senate

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said Tuesday she will challenge Republican John McCain for his Senate seat next year, launching an uphill bid to unseat the five-term senator in the GOP-leaning state. Kirkpatrick, 65, is serving her third House term in a district she...

  • Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash. The...

  • Pentagon chief's take on Iraqis undercuts Obama's strategy

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don't have...

  • Obama urges Senate to renew phone-records program

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. "This needs to get done," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "It's...

  • Obama, South Korean president to meet at White House in June

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) at the White House next month. The White House says the June 16 meeting will give the leaders an opportunity to reaffirm relations between the U.S. and a key Asian ally. Their talks will...

  • Faulty fan, smoke blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists from the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent visitors' center on Tuesday in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitor center kitchen. Within an hour after alarms sounded, employees returned...

  • Supreme Court to hear Texas Senate districts case

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with...

  • US military begins search flights for stranded Rohingya

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has begun military surveillance flights to help locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people in Southeast Asian seas. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support. Rathke...

  • Obama: US must examine how assets are being used in IS fight

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to boost Iraqi fighting forces, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies need to examine whether they are deploying military assets effectively against Islamic State militants as Iraq mounts a new offensive to recapture critical territory west of Baghdad....

  • High court to consider appeal over exclusion of black jurors

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether prosecutors improperly singled out potential black jurors in notes and then excluded them all from the death penalty trial of a black Georgia man accused of murder. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal from Timothy Foster, who...

  • Deutsche Bank paying $55M settlement on incorrect reports

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Germany's Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $55 million to settle civil charges of filing incorrect reports during the financial crisis that downplayed risks of huge losses. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with the big German bank,...

  • Police evacuate US Capitol, Visitors’ Center

    By ALAN FRAM | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have evacuated the U.S. Capitol and the visitors’ center. Capitol police provided no explanation for the move, simply saying it was an emergency. In a message to congressional offices, police said, “an evacuation has been ordered for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center due to...

  • The most powerful women in the world

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The world’s most powerful woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has a lot on her mind these days: Mediterranean migrants, Russian sanctions, homegrown spying scandals, Eurozone stability and the Germanwings crash, to name a few pressing issues. One thing she surely isn't thinking about is that...

  • Study peeks into healthy brains to hunt Alzheimer's culprit

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid...

  • French diplomat doesn't see Iran nuke deal by end of June

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — France's ambassador in Washington says world powers and Iran will probably miss an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Gerard Araud says it's "very likely" there will be no deal in the next five weeks, or even afterward. He says much technical work...



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