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NTSB: Better oversight needed to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents

By Mike Wereschagin 9:54 p.m.
Operators and regulators of the country’s largest natural gas pipelines need to beef up safety to prevent major accidents such as the explosion that torched a section of Interstate 77 in Sissonville, W.Va., the National Transportation Safety Board said in ...

Thieves go for the gold in San Francisco

By The Associated Press 10:40 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months. Three masked men jumped from a Chevrolet Suburban ...

Wisconsin’s Walker takes first step toward possible run in 2016

By The Washington Post 10:23 p.m.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has made the first formal move toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities ...

New York legislative Speaker Silver to give up position because of federal corruption charges

By The Associated Press 10:05 p.m.
ALBANY — Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years because of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday. The decision announced by Majority Leader Joseph Morelle ...

Slain Ga. couple known for charity projects

By The Associated Press 10:05 p.m.
McRAE, Ga. — Elrey “Bud” Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago. A potential seller drew ...

Democrats, Republicans openly snipe about congressional Benghazi investigation

By USA Today 10:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A simmering partisan dispute over a special House committee’s investigation into the 2012 attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi burst into public view Tuesday. Democrats complained during a hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi that Republicans ...

House sales tax proposal criticized as attack on states’ rights

By Reuters 10:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — States, for years, have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are resisting. The National Conference of State Legislatures ...

Boehner acknowledges early House GOP ‘stumbles’

By The Washington Post 10:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged Tuesday that Republicans have experienced a “couple of stumbles” on abortion and border security bills that have triggered disagreement among rank-and-file GOP members. The setbacks, Boehner said, were “all in our effort ...

Senate on track to approve Keystone XL by week’s end

By Bloomberg News 10:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate is on track to pass legislation to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of the week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The Keystone legislation stalled in the Senate on Monday as Democrats raised ...

Drone owner still unnamed, works for intelligence agency

By The Associated Press 10:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for an American intelligence agency. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said Tuesday the man, who remains unidentified, is one of its employees. The agency said his ...

Dems delay Iran sanctions proposal

By The Associated Press 10:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now an approaching showdown between Congress and President Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon. Sen. Bob ...

World News

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin

By The Associated Press
OSWIECIM, Poland — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier ...

Middle East

Turmoil confronts new Saudi king on several crucial fronts

By The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s new monarch inherits the throne at a moment when the oil-rich kingdom is being buffeted by a plunge ...

Betsy Hiel

Egypt’s churches charred to shells

By Betsy Hiel
DELGA, Egypt – Two downed electrical towers, two armored personnel carriers, and stacks of old tires form an improvised gate to this impoverished Upper Egypt ...