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Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

By The Associated Press
OMAHA — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining ...

Boston police officer improving after surgery to remove bullet near ear

By The Associated Press 10:06 p.m.
BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition in a hospital Sunday and improving as a result of surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer ...

Drownings in Rio Grande spike as enforcement surges

By The Associated Press 10:06 p.m.
MISSION, Texas — A surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his ...

Doctors push end-of-life care talks

By The Associated Press 9:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: ...

Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

By USA Today 9:57 p.m.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law Sunday while refusing to say whether it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Amid ...

2 bodies found at site of gas explosion in NYC apartments

By Reuters 9:58 p.m.
NEW YORK — New York authorities say everyone has apparently been accounted for since two bodies were found in the rubble where three Manhattan ...

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program

By The Associated Press 9:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs ...

Despite high gas costs, Northeast resistant to pipelines

By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and ...

7 shot at Florida spring-break house party

By The Associated Press
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Seven people were wounded, some critically, during a spray of gunfire early Saturday at a spring-break party in the state’s panhandle, police said. David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Ala., quickly was apprehended and charged with ...

A bipartisan push on toxic chemicals makes some Democrats fume

By Paul Barrett
WASHINGTON e_SEmD For a snapshot of the strangeness of Washington, circa 2015, consider the recently introduced Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Named for the late Democratic senator from New Jersey, the bill would reform the nation’s ...

Pentagon shielded Chilean torture, slaying suspect

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon rebuffed efforts to remove a Chilean professor accused of torturing and killing political prisoners, keeping him on the payroll of a prestigious Americanmilitary school for almost three years after the State Department revoked his visa because ...

Christie rails against high N.J. estate tax

By Bloomberg News
TRENTON, N.J. — Everyone runs into death and taxes. New Jerseyans trundle toward an afterlife in tax hell. “I can afford to retire here,” said Susan ...

Attorneys: Sterilizations were part of plea deal talks

By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, but the district ...

Hundreds protest Indiana religious freedom law, say it’s discriminatory against gays

By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading “no hate in our state,” gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against ...

Republican presidential hopefuls near-unanimity on the issue of their own guns

By The Washington Post
There are 15 major contenders for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns. Some have been building their collections since childhood. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is up to 12 now, including an AR-15 ...

Mysteries of dark matter come to light in Science study

By The Washington Post
A study published Thursday in Science suggests that dark matter might be able to zip through the universe without slowing or dragging because particles of it don’t even interact with one another. Based on what we can observe about the universe, ...

Fraternity’s racist chant among its traditions, University of Oklahoma finds

By The Washington Post
On investigating a racist chant sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers on their way to an SAE Founders Day event, University of Oklahoma officials have concluded that members of the fraternity learned the words four years earlier at a ...

Maryland might owe federal government millions for health care exchange

By The Washington Post
ANNAPOLIS — A federal audit of Maryland’s once-troubled health insurance exchange found that the state waited too long to formally update its enrollment projections and numbers with federal grant providers, leading to the misallocation of $28.4 million. The inspector ...

Gun used by agent who helped jail Capone headed to museum

By The Associated Press
MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the ...

Sen. Reid follows same old script for Democrats as he endorses Schumer as successor

By David Lightman
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have a once-in-a-decade chance to pick a leader, a fresh, new face of a party that badly needs a jolt. They won’t. The strong favorite to succeed Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, 75, is the champion fundraiser and ...