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‘1 person, 1 vote’ districting method challenged

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — For 50 years the “one person, one vote” principle has been used to try to equally distribute political power by counting all people in states and cities, and then putting them into election districts of roughly the same size. But the mathematics of power may be about to change in a way that could shift political clout away from the fast-growing Latino communities in states such as California, … 0

Charter announces $55B Time Warner Cable buy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and Internet giant. The deal comes a month … 0

Texas man charged with helping friend join IS group

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A 20-year-old Texas man was arrested Tuesday and charged with helping a friend travel overseas, where he successfully joined Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a criminal complaint. After helping with his friend’s trip, Asher Abid Khan traveled to Turkey to join the fight, but was tricked into returning to the U.S. when his family told him his mother had become seriously … 0

Pushing back in Iraq

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BAGHDAD — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the … 0

Closed-door espionage trial begins for Washington Post reporter in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief … 0

Texas floods displace thousands

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Severe storms pummeled central and southeast Texas late Monday and early Tuesday, the latest devastation from a weekend storm system that spawned tornadoes and widespread flooding in major cities, killed at least eight people in the state and … 0

Yemen fighters backing exiled government take southern city

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Fighters backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces’ first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels … 0

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to … 0

IRS: thieves stole info from 100,000

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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 … 0

Executive action targets wetlands

Monday, May 25, 2015

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 refused. Courts found him in violation of the … 0

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Monday, May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 … 0

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” … 0

DNA tests, technology and justice

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The power of DNA evidence to put someone behind bars or keep an individual free is a staple of television shows like “Law & Order” and “CSI.” But not all DNA evidence is so straightforward. As justice races to keep pace with technology, new questions about … 0