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House GOP balks on young immigrants bill

By From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration on Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally across the Mexico border to the United States. Faring far better, a bipartisan, $16 billion …

House’s vote to sue Obama is historic foray into checks, balances

By From Wire and Staff Reports
WASHINGTON — The House’s vote to sue President Obama is the first such legal challenge by a chamber of Congress against a president and a historic foray in the fight over constitutional checks and balances. The nearly party-line vote on …

CIA admits Senate was spied on

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The CIA acknowledged on Thursday that its employees had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program for terror suspects, apologized to key senators and abandoned its previous insistence that …

Credit-card-stealing virus ‘Backoff’ virtually undetectable, Homeland Security warns

By Reuters
The Department of Homeland Security warned retailers about a type of malicious software attacking point-of-sales systems, dubbed “Backoff,” that it said is undetectable by most types of anti-virus software. The agency released a 10-page advisory about the payment-card-stealing virus on …

CEO shot, wounded in Chicago, apparently by demoted executive

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself on Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago’s bustling financial district, police said. The worker pulled a gun after entering the 17th-floor …

Congress considers dangers of driving high

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues on Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are “high” travel too fast or too slow …

FDA will regulate labs’ ‘high-risk’ test devices

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that it plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories, which have proliferated and grown more sophisticated in recent years, spurring increased concerns about their safety and reliability. …

Museum sleepover for adults sells out

By Reuters
NEW YORK — Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults …

Feds admit cooperation remains obstacle with corporations, cyber threats

By Tom Fontaine
A key to reducing cyber crime is getting victims — often major corporations — to cooperate with authorities, two top federal law enforcement officials said …

IRS calls right-wing Republicans ‘crazies’ in emails

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A former Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in emails released on Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that …

Tea Party opposition threatens House GOP’s border bill

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The fate of a Republican proposal to address a brewing immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border was cast into doubt on Wednesday when a Tea Party senator lobbied against it to House members. The effort by Sen. Ted …

World News

After 4 attempts, forensics experts finally make it to Ukraine plane crash site

By The Washington Post
KIEV, Ukraine — A small advance team of forensics experts on Thursday finally reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago after four days of false starts cut short by heavy fighting …

Middle East

Strike on crowded Gaza area kills 16, wounds 150

By The Associated Press
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more …

Betsy Hiel

Kurdish fighters step in to protect Iraq residents from ISIS

By Betsy Hiel
MAKTAB KHALED, Iraq — Kurdish flags ripple over a dusty checkpoint south of the oil city of Kirkuk, where soldiers deploy behind earthen mounds and …