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Panel on Benghazi debunks theories

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama ...

Former Pa. state worker charged with stealing 610 helmets

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania state worker has been accused of stealing 610 combat helmets and awaits federal charges. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that 43-year-old Marietta resident Michael Gantz worked as an acquisition officer at the Department of General Services’ ...

Paralyzed Marine uses robotic legs to walk during Bronze Star ceremony

By The Associated Press 1:30 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself Friday and walked by using ...

Speaker Boehner vows House response to Obama’s immigration policy changes

By The Washington Post 1:30 a.m.
The political war over President Obama’s controversial policy changes on deportation escalated Friday as congressional Republicans vowed to derail his efforts. “We’re working with our members ...

Texas awaits surge from across border

By The Los Angeles Times
McALLEN, Texas — President Obama’s latest plan to fix the country’s immigration system includes stepped up security along the southern border overwhelmed by a surge of more than 68,000 unaccompanied children. But at what was once the epicenter of the …

Deal reached in Los Angeles school sex abuse case

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday. The deal involving ...

5 family members killed on ‘dream trip’ to Disney

By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it ...

Ohio judge frees 2 men in 1975 murder as then-teen witness recants

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free on Friday, having been exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony. A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge ...

Mystery of deaths of 2 children, wounding of third and mother

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — The 911 call was made at 9:16 a.m. Thursday. Four people shot in Tabernacle, N.J. Unknown number dead. State police cruisers hurried into a neighborhood of towering pine trees and two-story homes, where the biggest commotion usually is caused by ...

Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

By The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Texas’ school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation’s second-largest state, but only after defeating six and having a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say ...

Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed in Florida State University library shootout

By Reuters
TALLAHASSEE — Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the ...

Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have told Congress that they recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of Tea Party groups. Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans ...

As snow melts, floods a growing concern in Buffalo

By The Associated Press
BUFFALO — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their ...

House GOP sues Obama administration over federal health care law

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the White House of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Obama’s prized health ...

Report lays out red flags, failures in rearing of shooter at Conn. school

By The Hartford Courant
HARTFORD, Conn. — In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could ...

EPA pays $1 million to 8 workers to stay home on leave

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has paid eight employees more than $1 million to stay home on paid leave, four of them for at least a year and two who are in their fourth year of collecting full salaries ...

Incoming Congress likely to revisit sequestration

By Bloomberg News
Military supporters are counting on an incoming Republican-led Congress to roll back Defense spending cuts required by a 2011 budget agreement, but it might not be that simple. First, they’ll have to get past Jeff Sessions and his allies. The Alabama ...

GOP hopes backlash doesn’t backfire

By Robert Costa
WASHINGTON — Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders ...

Obama defers deportations for 4 million illegals

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Obama sought to convince the American public Thursday that his plans to unilaterally change immigration laws are in line with the precedent ...

No prison time for Army Sgt. Barbera for phone threat against reporter’s wife

By Jim Wilhelm
TACOMA, Wash. — Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who professed innocence on his social media sites, pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening the wife of ...