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  • new storyWashington Post reporter detained in Iran has hearing Monday 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:53 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - Detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian will face the second day of his closed-door espionage trial on Monday, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.

  • new storyFOIA backlog soars despite Obama pledge of transparency 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal agencies are struggling to keep up with the growing number of requests for public information, raising questions in Congress about the Obama administration's dedication to transparency.

  • new storyUS, India move forward on joint military research projects story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:55 pm

    NEW DELHI - After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.

  • US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:44 pm

    BEIRUT - A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.

  • How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions? 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama's health overhaul. But would the court take away a benefit from so many people? Should the justices even consider such consequences?

  • McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 11:01 am

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.

  • US journalism courses rile Cuba amid effort to heal rift story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 10:25 am

    HAVANA - About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABCs of journalism: how to craft a news story, write a headline and check sources.

  • With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-03-15 10:03 am

    ALBANY, New York - Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family got staggering news about the legacy of heroism that had inspired them for generations and through three wars. They weren't related to Johnson by blood after all.

  • Palestinian FIFA bid stirs opposite reactions among Israelis 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 9:55 am

    JERUSALEM - An aborted bid by the Palestinians to expel Israel from FIFA, the world soccer federation, has set off an uproar in Israel, raising fears that more such diplomatic assaults are on the way. But some liberal Israelis are more accepting of the Palestinian move, seeing it as an unpleasant step that just might prod Israel onto a peace track.

  • Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 3:28 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.

  • Report of rampant airport security failures not a first story has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 11:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Think you're safe on a plane? Federal undercover investigators who sneaked prohibited items with alarming ease past Homeland Security Department airport screeners have also smuggled simulated bombs and weapons aboard planes during tests as far back as September 2002, U.S. audits show.

  • Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 9:17 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.

  • California considers health coverage for immigrant kids 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:19 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.

  • Gov. Scott administration under fire in health care fight 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:07 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Key Republicans on Tuesday asserted that the administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was playing politics in a continuing fight over health care that has already derailed one legislative session this year.

  • Report of rampant airport security failures not a first story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - Think you're safe on a plane? Federal undercover investigators who sneaked prohibited items with alarming ease past Homeland Security Department airport screeners have also smuggled simulated bombs and weapons aboard planes during tests as far back as September 2002, U.S. audits show.

  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled House panel Tuesday approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.

  • Donation little hindrance to Stephanopoulos interviews 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:32 pm

    NEW YORK - Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham's interview with George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" Tuesday is the latest sign that the ABC anchor's donations to the Clinton Foundation seem not to have impeded his coverage of the upcoming presidential elections.

  • House GOP moves to punish State Dept. over Benghazi delays story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - Following through on a threat, House Republicans on Tuesday proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

  • FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned.

  • Beau Biden funeral scheduled for Saturday in Wilmington 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:58 pm

    DOVER, Delaware - A funeral Mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will be held Saturday in his hometown of Wilmington, with President Barack Obama delivering a eulogy, White House officials said Tuesday.

  • IG: IRS failed to upgrade security ahead of cyberattack story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:49 pm

    WASHINGTON - The IRS failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to its computer systems, some of which could have made it more difficult for hackers to use an IRS website to steal tax information from 104,000 taxpayers, a government investigator told Congress Tuesday.

  • Obama: Israel's commitment to Palestinian state in doubt 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:42 pm

    JERUSALEM - President Barack Obama says remarks made by Israel's prime minister before an election earlier this year have reinforced a belief in the international community that Israel is not committed to peace.

  • House panel votes to repeal health law's medical device tax 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3 percent tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally receive Medal of Honor story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Declaring it's never too late to make things right, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination.

  • Detroit police investigate Shepard Fairey-styled graffiti 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:29 pm

    DETROIT - Detroit police are investigating after graffiti similar to the style of street artist Shepard Fairey was found on several buildings.