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GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an important ...

Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from power plants

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever ...

‘Fast, Furious’ pistol was sold to gunman in foiled Texas terrorist attack

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Five years before he was fatally shot in a failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9 mm pistol. At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known ...

Obama’s nuclear deal lobbying sways Democrats

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of ...

Name of cop withheld in shooting of motorist in South Carolina

By The Associated Press
SENECA, S.C. — A South Carolina police chief said he will not release the name of an officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old man in a Hardee’s parking lot, insisting the officer acted in self-defense. While the attorney for the ...

State Department accuses top Clinton aide of violations

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The State Department concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure in the department. The finding — ...

Body of Forest Service firefighter recovered amid Northern California blaze

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter evaluating a Northern California wildfire was killed by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was surveying an area to decide ...

Food industry players fighting proposed dietary guidelines drop millions on lobbyists

By Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — The battle to define what Americans should eat is pitting nutritionists against deep-pocketed groups that are spending nearly 14 times more cash on lobbying in Washington. Coca Cola Co. and food-industry and farm groups concerned about the recommendation of ...

2 women advance to final phase of Army Ranger training

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The swamps of Florida represent the final obstacle for two female soldiers aiming to become the first women to graduate from the Army’s ...

Pressure mounts for Biden to join 2016 White House race

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has never ruled out making a third try for the presidency, and as his self-declared, end-of-summer deadline to make a decision approaches, there are fresh signals that pressure is growing on him to do so. While ...

Marines finally ready to roll out controversial fighter jet

By The Washington Post
The Marine Corps, the ascetic tribe of “Devil Dogs” that prides itself on being “the first to fight,” is getting a new weapon, announcing Friday ...

4 dead, 65 sickened in Bronx by Legionella

By Reuters
NEW YORK — A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This ...

Bee vaccination study gives insight, could aid food production

By The Washington Post
Humans like to brag about their brilliant advent of vaccinations to prevent diseases, but bees just roll their eyes and shrug. After all, they’ve been doing it naturally for much longer. That’s what a team of international scientists recently found while ...

Studying reflexes of sea snail sheds light on human memory loss

By The Washington Post
Just in case sea snails aren’t slow enough, new research has found that they get more sluggish when they grow old — and the discovery is helping us to understand how memory loss happens in humans. It turns out that the ...

Florida panther population cut by 10 percent in 7 months

By The Washington Post
A Florida panther last week was struck and killed by a car in Collier County. Florida motorists have killed 17 of the big cats so ...

Midwest farmers pessimistic of fall harvest amid damaging, long-term rain

By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer — drowning some plants and yellowing others that grew only 2 feet high ...

Construction of giant bridges sparks curiosity, high demand for public tours

By The Associated Press
ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an ...

U.S., Hong Kong researchers develop computer model to examine spread of influenza

By The Washington Post
There’s no shortage of experts monitoring influenza outbreaks around the globe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks flu activity in the United States and produces weekly flu activity reports between the peak months of October and May. Likewise, the ...

Dusty Atlantic Ocean thwarts tropical storms

By Bloomberg News
It might be hard to think of an ocean as dry and dusty, but those are the conditions over a large part of the Atlantic where hurricanes often form. The dust, coming off Africa, is one item on a list of ...

Clintons hauled in $139M in past 8 years

By Bloomberg News
Hillary and Bill Clinton paid $43.9 million in federal taxes from 2007 through 2014 on  adjusted gross income totaling $139,097,232, according to tax returns released by ...