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EPA expected to expand protection of streams, wetlands

By The Los Angeles Times 1:59 a.m.
In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the federal Clean ...

Biden reassures Iraq: U.S. backs your forces in fight against Islamic State

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government Monday of support in the fight against the Islamic State group, calling Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense ...

Obama gets state, local allies for key initiatives

By USA Today 3:23 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Obama has quietly racked up a series of legislative victories during the past few months as lawmakers have enthusiastically embraced his calls for a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and universal pre-kindergarten. But instead of Capitol ...

Cleveland settles policing issues with Justice Department

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, The New York Times reported Monday. The settlement could be announced as early as ...

Phone threats put scare into international flights

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare on Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be ...

Accident at West Virginia’s Cheat Lake sends boaters to hospital

By Michael Hasch
A number of people were injured in a boating accident Monday night at Cheat Lake, emergency dispatchers in West Virginia said. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. when, according to initial calls, a boat crashed into the shore of the …

Senate committee backs vets’ rights to marijuana

By The Washington Post
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Under ...

Rescuers find stranded woman in California desert, too late for husband

By The Associated Press
WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. — A husband and wife stranded for two weeks in Southern California’s high desert ate oranges and a pie and drank rain water that they collected in cups, but the 79-year-old husband died at some point before ...

Doctors, hospitals get more time to convert to electronic health records

By USA Today
Government regulators are backing down from many of their toughest requirements for doctors’ and hospitals’ use of digital medical records, just as Congress is stepping up its oversight of problems with the costly technology. Under Obamacare, doctors and hospitals are being ...

Ohio’s largest road project to cost 3 times its estimate

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s largest single roadway construction project and first public-private partnership for a highway will cost taxpayers nearly three times its announced price tag of $429 million, according to financial documents. The state will pay $1.2 billion over the ...

Wife, brother accused in man’s hatchet killing

By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — A man died in a hatchet attack that was planned and carried out by his wife and her brother on a Memorial Day visit to Las Vegas, police said. Maria Hernandez, 33, of Idaho and Hector Gutierrez, 22, ...

World News

Tornado ravages U.S.-Mexico border towns

By The Associated Press
CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother’s arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people ...

Middle East

Chlorine gas attacks in Syria blamed on Assad

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue residents of a house in rebel-held northern Syria ...

Betsy Hiel

Islamists vow to avenge former Egypt president Morsy’s death sentence

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Muslim Brotherhood officials vowed Saturday that Egypt’s leaders would pay a “heavy price” for a criminal court sentencing ousted President Mohamed Morsy to ...