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A police officer directs a vehicle to turn away at the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. Earlier, a firefight erupted when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a gate, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

1 dead after car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital. Details remained unclear … 0

Supreme Court questions North Carolina sex offender law

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an unsigned and unanimous decision that could rattle a number of states, the court rejected North Carolina’s arguments and concluded the ankle-bracelet monitoring program amounts to a search. The decision means convicted felons like Torrey Dale Grady can now challenge the … 0

Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the … 0

Navy jets with extra fuel can’t be launched off new US carrier

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s top warplanes can’t be launched off its newest aircraft carrier if they’re carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their flight range because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear. Military weapons testers … 0

Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editor’s note: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island and five other … 0

Report: France jet audio shows pilot was locked out of cockpit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a … 0

‘Vote-a-rama’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senators from Kansas and Missouri are preparing to pull a possible all-nighter today to vote on dozens of budget amendments ranging from a call to arm Ukrainian troops against the Russians, to a bid to cover … 0

Supreme Court divided over EPA’s powers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Some environmental protections could face a hazier future after a Supreme Court argument Wednesday in an important clean-air case that’s already divided states and leading energy companies. Justices, too, appear split over whether the Environmental Protection … 0

Feds outline proposal for payday loan rules

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators today will outline a proposal to place limits on high-interest, short-term loans — the first step in the government’s efforts to curb payday debt traps. The long-awaited rules drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would cover payday loans, vehicle title loans and high-cost … 0

Doctor shortage

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Weary mothers with toddlers, weathered laborers and elderly folks hunched over walkers all jostled for position, filling almost every available seat in the nondescript waiting room at the Erie Family Health Center in West Town. It … 0

Fraternities lobby against campus rape investigations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

College fraternities and sororities, concerned that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly, are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations. The groups’ political arm plans to bring scores of students to Capitol Hill on April 29 to lobby for a requirement … 0

When the road salt seeps, sometimes the manhole covers fly

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis, host of the NCAA basketball … 0

Study: Businesses bottom line benefits from females in leadership roles

Monday, March 23, 2015

LONDON — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers. Sodexo, … 0