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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 federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison. Rapanos took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme … 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 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. Speaking under sunny skies to … 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” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. Biden’s call followed … 0

Pipeline tests ordered after Calif. oil spill

Friday, May 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday. … 0

Nation and world briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

US to search for boat people BANGKOK — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia’s west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols … 0

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to … 0

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from some of her fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while … 0

Charges in fatal derailment could be hard to pursue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, remains the focus of an inquiry by federal transportation safety investigators. But a second probe could prove more personally devastating: … 0

National/World Briefs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Obama’s fast-track trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday. The 62-38 vote … 0

Officers indicted in Gray death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about … 0

Ray Rice domestic violence case dismissed

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A domestic violence charge against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been dismissed following his completion of a pretrial intervention program. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio told ABC News in an email Thursday that … 0

Days after Waco, S.C. braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. — Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with heavy security. Locals say there are … 0

Fears mount in Syria as IS expands hold

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra. The takeover also expanded the extremists’ hold, making them the … 0