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Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas ...

Obama chooses Marine commandant as new Joint Chiefs chairman

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat hardened commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead ...

Trucking interests trump safety in $55.3B transportation spending bill

By Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — A multimillion-dollar lobbying push by FedEx Corp. and other freight carriers may be about to open highways to a new generation of bigger truck trailers, even as watchdogs warn the price will be roadway carnage. A $55.3 billion transportation ...

Pentagon dismisses Texas concern over special operations exercise

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a message for Texas: Chill. Defense officials Monday dismissed as “wild speculation” an Internet-fueled claim that a summertime exercise called Jade Helm 15 for special operations commandos is a covert operation by President Obama to take ...

Ex-CIA deputy: Benghazi distorted

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A former CIA deputy director says Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012 that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. He claims U.S. intelligence agencies failed to recognize that ...

Non-political candidates Carson, Fiorina join presidential race

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Washington outsiders Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina jumped into the Republican presidential race Monday, aiming to mobilize voters disgusted with government and willing to gamble on a fresh, nontraditional leader. Carson, 63, a black retired neurosurgeon, and Fiorina, ...

New York City officer dies; homicide charge to be filed

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in ...

Texas Legislature acts to stop cities from limiting drilling

By The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries — a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives ...

Police: Georgia sheriff shot woman, would not give statement

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Sheriff Victor Hill has been a lightning rod for controversy since he fired 27 deputies on his first day in office a decade ago and then used a military tank on drug raids in suburban Atlanta’s Clayton County. He ...

Poisoned teens still in critical condition

By The Associated Press
Two Delaware teenagers are still in critical condition more than six weeks since they were sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying, their family said Monday. Sean and Ryan Esmond and their ...

Former Christie allies plead not guilty in bridge fiasco

By The Associated Press
NEWARK — Two former political allies of Gov. Chris Christie pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they were involved in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, and the attorney for one vowed to subpoena her former ...

New York Senate Majority Leader Skelos charged with extortion, bribery

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The leader of the New York Senate was arrested Monday on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they ...

Obama offers Marine leader as Joint Chiefs chair

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, ...

Clinton interview vexes wife’s backers

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton waded into the orbit of his wife’s presidential race Monday — and caused some problems for her in the process. In an interview with NBC News, a sometimes defensive Clinton said his family and its ...

Senate leader Reid wants delay on fast-track trade proposal

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Obama “fast-track” trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide ...

Huge waves in California attract surfers, fans

By The Associated Press
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped Monday as surfers sliced across 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves. The thrill of challenging the walls of ...

Auction records expected to fall in NYC sales

By Reuters
NEW YORK — With prices for top-tier works of art at a peak, records for paintings and sculpture appear certain to fall at upcoming spring ...

FBI tracked Texas cartoon contest shootings suspect

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson, one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded the young ...

Republican businesswoman Fiorina joins 2016 presidential fray

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If she becomes president, Carly Fiorina said, one of the first things she’d approach Congress about is undoing complex regulations that burden businesses. Fiorina, ...

3 shot outside Texas cartoon exhibit of Muhammad artwork

By The Associated Press
GARLAND, Texas — Two gunmen were killed Sunday after opening fire on a security officer outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a ...