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  • Boston Terror Suspect Shot by Cop Made Threats Against Police, Sources Say

    A terror suspect who was shot and killed by a Boston cop Tuesday was under 24-hour surveillance because he had made statements indicating he desired to attack police officers, sources briefed on the case told ABC News. The FBI knew Usaama Rahim was armed and potentially dangerous and moved on him…

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  • Senate Passes Bill Reforming NSA Surveillance Powers

    President Obama signed legislation reforming the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program Tuesday, the White House said. The Senate approved the USA Freedom Act with a vote of 67 to 32, 40 hours after key provisions of the Patriot Act expired. The NSA shut down its surveillance…

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  • In Emotional Hearing, Families Press Lawmakers to Get Iran to Free American Detainees

    The family members of four Americans long held captive in Iran stood before Congress today to make a desperate, emotional plea: increase ratchet up the pressure on the Islamic Republic so their loved one can come home once and for all. “There is not a day that goes by when we don’t think of him,…

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  • Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Funeral

    President Obama will deliver a eulogy at the funeral mass for his vice president's son, Beau Biden, the White House has announced. Beau Biden, who served as Delaware attorney general, will lie in honor at Legislative Hall Thursday afternoon. A funeral mass will be held Saturday morning, when…

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  • Poll: Hillary Clinton Weakens on Trustworthiness While Jeb Bush Slides Into GOP Free-For-All

    Indeed, while Bush has lost ground in the contest for the GOP nomination, Clinton does less well against him in a head-to-head matchup. The gap between them has closed from 12 points to three – 47-44 percent, Clinton-Bush, among registered voters, vs. 53-41 percent two months ago. Bush, at the…

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  • DC Mansion Slaying: Questions Remain on Day of Family's Funeral

    As mourners gathered at funeral services today for Washington, D.C., businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy and their son, Phillip, there are still questions surrounding why the suspect allegedly terrorized and killed the family and housekeeper Vera Figueroa at the Savopoulos' upscale home. …

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  • Baltimore Homicides Approach Record High

    The month of May approached an all-time high for homicides in the city of Baltimore.With 43 reported homicides last month, May 2015 counts the most in more than 40 years, according to the Baltimore Sun recordkeeping.Freddie Gray Arrest: Cell Phone Video May Shed More Light on CaseFreddie Gray: New…

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  • What We Know About the Dennis Hastert Scandal

    New details about an alleged hush money scandal involving former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert have been trickling out over the weekend. Now, sources say, two male students who knew Hastert, 73, when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach before he entered politics have…

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  • Summer Intern Arrested After Bringing Unloaded Handgun to US Capitol

    A congressional intern was arrested Monday as he entered a House office building in possession of an unloaded gun. 25-year-old Joshua Wheeler, of Atchison, Kansas, is a summer intern for Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, Jenkins's office confirmed to ABC News. As Wheeler attempted to enter the…

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  • Taliban Urges Supporters to Use Texting App To Get Jihadi News

    The Afghan Taliban is urging its supporters to install a popular smartphone texting app in order to receive news from the battlefields directly, a call that has underscored longstanding concerns by U.S. counter-terrorism officials about shortcomings in surveillance capabilities. “All Muslim…

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  • Lindsey Graham Jumps Into 2016 Presidential Race: ‘Ready to Be Commander-in-Chief on Day One’

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is “ready to be commander-in-chief on day one,” the Republican said, announcing his presidential bid from his hometown today. "I’m pretty sure no one here, including me, ever expected to hear me say, 'I’m Lindsey Graham, and I’m running for president of the…

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  • Dennis Hastert Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Misconduct With Male Individual During Time as Teacher, Sources Say

    The alleged "misconduct" referenced in the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is of a sexual nature involving a male individual, dating back to Hastert's time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, sources with knowledge of the case told ABC…

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  • US Drops Cuba From State Terrorism List, Paving the Way for Embassies

    The State Department today removed Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, paving the way for full diplomatic recognition and an opening of embassies. It has been 45 days since President Obama announced plans to remove Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism and there was…

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  • Dennis Hastert Nixed Statue in His Honor

    The Illinois state legislature scrapped plans to construct a statue of Dennis Hastert earlier this month after the former U.S. House speaker asked that the project not move forward. The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, had put forward a bill in early May proposing that…

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  • Bernie Sanders' Sexually Explicit Essay Resurfaces

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign was thrown a curveball this week after an essay he penned in 1972, at the age of 30, about gender stereotypes and sexual fantasies resurfaced. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style with incomplete sentences and partial dialogue, the short seems…

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  • Fort Lauderdale, Event Company May Face Legal Action After Bounce House Incident

    The city of Fort Lauderdale and a bounce house vendor may face legal action on behalf of children injured in a Memorial Day bounce house incident. "Due to the set up of the bounce house itself, the lack of the requisite level of supervision at the bounce house's location, as well as the inclement…

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  • China Pulverizes Ivory to Combat Illegal Trade

    At a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in a Beijing suburb, forestry and customs officials displayed a pile of ivory ornaments, carvings and tusks. Officials say this is the third public destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in China since 2014. This announcement was made 10 days…

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