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Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act.

 

Police: Man shot dead lunged at police officer, FBI agent

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Police said they have video showing a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators lunging with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed -- an account his brother has disputed.

 

The flip side of years of no hurricanes: Good luck runs out

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

For millions of Americans living in the hurricane zones on the Gulf and East coasts, recent decades have been quiet -- maybe too quiet.

 

Transgender movement looks to benefit from Jenner's change

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

The handsome, muscular Bruce Jenner, whose picture appeared on the Wheaties cereal box the year after he won the Olympic gold medal, is on the cover of Vanity Fair this week, only now as Caitlyn Jenner, an attractive woman in a strapless, white corset.

 

 

Cuba removed from US list of terrorism sponsors

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday.

 

Heat wave eases in India after killing nearly 2K

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday helped eased a weekslong summer heat wave that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.

 

AP source: Former House Speaker Hastert paid to keep old sex abuse claims secret

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said.

 

Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets -- and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice.

 

Latest proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

Posted 5/30/2015 in National

The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

 

US to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq.

 

Indictment says ex-US House Speaker Hastert paid hush money

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct."

 

Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

Posted 5/29/2015 in National

The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk's too clean.

 

 

Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average -- but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy.

 

 

Clinton: Make middle class 'mean something again'

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton says pay equity between men and women, more generous parental leave policies and a higher minimum wage are not issues of importance merely to women but concerns that go to the heart of why it's "hard to get ahead and stay ahead in America."

 

 

EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off.

 

 

Health law court case winner could be political loser

Posted 5/28/2015 in National

The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.

 

 

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