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Nebraska lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

updated: 05/21/2015 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty. It would be the first conservative-leaning state to do so since 1973.

Clinton pal said on panel's subpoena list

updated: 05/21/2015 3:50 a.m. Discuss

A longtime confidant of Hillary Rodham Clinton has been subpoenaed to testify before a House panel investigating the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to an official familiar with the probe.

North Korea boasts of small nuke; U.S. general scoffs

updated: 05/21/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

North Korea said Wednesday that it has built nuclear weapons small enough to be carried by missiles, even as a senior U.S. general questioned the country's recent claim that it successfully had tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Oregon to charge car owners by mile

posted: 05/21/2015 3:48 a.m. Comment 1

Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.

Space plane takes off on 4th mission

posted: 05/21/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments.

California mopping up oil spill

posted: 05/21/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

An oil spill that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday as cleanup efforts began and federal regulators investigated how the pipeline leaked.

State's Hill to shake out old 'Golden Fleece'

posted: 05/21/2015 3:46 a.m. Comments 5

U.S. Rep. French Hill will call out federal agencies or employees that misuse or waste federal money through a "Golden Fleece" award, he announced Wednesday on the House floor.

Police identify suspect in slayings of 4 in D.C.

posted: 05/21/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Police identified a suspect late Wednesday in the slayings of members of a wealthy Washington family and a housekeeper inside a multimillion-dollar home.

Obama: Warming threatens security

posted: 05/21/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama used a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying the warming of the planet poses an "immediate risk" to the U.S.

Senator binge-talks against Patriot Act

posted: 05/21/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the USAPATRIOT Act, calling the law a government intrusion on Americans' privacy.

The nation in brief

updated: 05/21/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Capitol chief: Mislaid guns inexcusable WASHINGTON -- The chief of the Capitol Police said Wednesday that there is no excuse for officers accidentally leaving their guns in the Capitol's public bathrooms, as they have done three times this year. One was found by a child.

Names and faces

posted: 05/21/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman has signed off. The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of televisi

In the news

posted: 05/21/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, will donate to charity the proceeds from her first book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, which aims to inspire young readers to act on global issues such as poverty and gender equality, according to publisher Penguin Books.

Judge speeds release of Clinton emails

updated: 05/20/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department emails must be made public on a rolling basis instead of a mass release in January, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting a government proposal for releasing about 55,000 pages of the correspondence early next year.

4 cancer charities a sham, FTC says

updated: 05/20/2015 3:51 a.m. Discuss

The Federal Trade Commission and all 50 states accused four cancer charities of being "sham charities," saying the groups had deceived donors and spent more than $187 million in donations on personal expenses in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, the commission announced Tuesday.

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