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More rain worsens flooding in Texas

By The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost 1 more foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. Meanwhile, ...

IRS says hackers stole tax info from 100,000

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON —  Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves ...

Federal appeals court declines to lift injunction on deportations

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration suffered another immigration setback Tuesday as a divided federal appeals court declined to lift a injunction imposed by a Texas-based trial judge. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means President Obama’s ...

Shootings, slayings surge during Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, Baltimore

By USA Today
Violence surged in major cities during Memorial Day weekend, bringing records for homicides in Chicago and Baltimore after years of declining crime. Nine murders and ...

Investigators trying to find cause of W.Va. boat crash that injured 12

By Tribune-Review
Authorities Tuesday were trying to determine what caused a boat crash on Cheat Lake in West Virginia that injured 12 people, three critically. The 23-foot ski boat crashed just before 9 p.m. Monday into the eastern shore of the Monongalia County ...

Cleveland agrees to overhaul police under settlement with Justice Department

By The Washington Post
The city of Cleveland has agreed to have its police department overseen by an independent monitor and subject its officers to strict and explicit new rules on the use of force under an agreement with the Justice Department that was ...

‘Free-range’ parents cleared of neglect

By The Associated Press
SILVER SPRING, Md. — A Maryland couple who was investigated for neglect because their two young children walk home alone from parks have been cleared in one of two such cases. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Child Protective Services has ...

Airman kills 1 in North Dakota store

By The Associated Press
A airman “with no apparent motive” early Tuesday walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, police said. Grand Forks police said ...

Oregon proposal would outlaw sneak photos up women’s skirts

By The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished when he took photographs up a teenager’s skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which ...

Gouging rare in loans to troops

By The Washington Post
Government officials say they have found little evidence of student loan servicers, the middlemen who collect and apply payments to debt, unlawfully charging active-duty service members high interest rates on student loans. The findings are released a year after the Justice ...

Texas man charged with helping friend’s bid to join ISIS

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — A Texas man has been charged by federal authorities in an alleged conspiracy to aid the Islamic State terror group by assisting a friend’s travel to Syria and unsuccessfully attempting the same journey himself to join the group’s ...

Amtrak cameras to view operators

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install inward-facing video cameras by the end of the year to monitor train operators on 70 of its locomotives operating on the Northeast Corridor. The change covers ACS-64 locomotives that power Northeast regional and ...

Patriot Act deal looks unlikely

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday called on the Senate to extend Patriot Act provisions before they expire in five days, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records. “This needs to get done,” he said in the Oval Office. ...

Faulty kitchen fan triggers alarms in Capitol visitors center

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists Tuesday from the Capitol and its adjacent visitors center in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitors center kitchen. Within an hour after alarms sounded, ...

Ex-coal boss Blankenship wants July trial delayed to January

By The Associated Press
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Former coal boss Don Blankenship wants his July trial start delayed until January. In a motion in Beckley federal court Friday, attorneys for the ex-Massey Energy CEO say they wouldn’t be prepared for a July 13 trial ...

EPA expected to expand protection of streams, wetlands

By The Los Angeles Times
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 ...

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
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 ...