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Man on mission to build tiny houses for Los Angeles homeless

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

After Elvis Summers built a tiny house on wheels for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct similar shelters for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood.

 

Appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records by the government is illegal because it wasn't authorized by Congress, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

 

 

Iran Legislation is win-win for GOP, Obama

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Republicans in control of Congress want a say on negotiations to ease sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development, and a bipartisan accomplishment signed into law to showcase an ability to govern sensibly.

 

 

Listeria contamination in Blue Bell plants goes back 2 years

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Blue Bell Creameries knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013, according to a government investigation.

 

 

Study: Measles vaccination may have other benefits

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

 

 

Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Does Pamela Geller regret organizing the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in gunfire?

 

 

Texas incident fuels concern about lone-wolf terror attacks

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

The attempted attack on a provocative cartoon contest in Texas appears to reflect a scenario that has long troubled national security officials: a do-it-yourself terror plot.

 

 

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans open to softer immigration policy

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Americans appear open to a softer immigration policy than Republican presidential candidates have preached in the past.

 

 

Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

 

 

GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

 

Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

 

Campus sex crime reporting increases, says Education Dept.

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Reports of sex offenses on college campuses provided to the Education Department have nearly doubled over a five-year period.

 

 

Report: IRS issues $5.6B in bogus education credits

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year -- more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

 

 

With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania.

 

Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In 2010, authorities arrested Elton Simpson, one of the two suspected gunmen in a weekend shooting outside a contest in Texas featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.

 

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