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Russian who admitted spying in U.S. gets 2½-year term

posted: 05/26/2016 3:57 a.m. Discuss

A Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what the government portrayed as a Cold Warstyle spy ring was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in a U.S. prison.

Suit challenges legality of U.S. restroom directive

updated: 05/26/2016 3:56 a.m. Comment 1

Texas and eight other states are suing President Barack Obama's administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

VA cuts off 4,200 listed dead in error

posted: 05/26/2016 3:55 a.m. Discuss

A Florida congressman says the Department of Veterans Affairs cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead.

Agency hiring 768 to trim airport lines

updated: 05/26/2016 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday.

Defense-bill stall riles Cotton

updated: 05/26/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday for delaying debate on defense-policy legislation, calling Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."

In Japan, Obama offers regrets on Okinawa death

updated: 05/26/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it.

Back on Earth, spaceman still wobbly

posted: 05/26/2016 3:45 a.m. Discuss

The man who spent a year in space is still dealing with sore feet, stiff legs and fatigue, even after nearly three months back on Earth.

The nation in brief

updated: 05/26/2016 3:37 a.m. Discuss

S.C. bans abortion beyond 20 weeks COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Wednesday legislation that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks after fertilization.

In the news

updated: 05/26/2016 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Jimmy Carter, 91, the former president, is stepping down from his "front-line role" as a member of The Elders, the global human-rights group founded by Nelson Mandela of South Africa, the organization said.

Sanders not ruling out 'messy' season for party

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get "messy."

New home sales reach 8-year high

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.

Airport lines spur changes at U.S. agency

updated: 05/25/2016 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Transportation Security Administration has ousted its head of security operations and put new leadership in charge of screening operations at one of the world's busiest airports in an attempt to address long checkpoint lines and travel headaches pervading the busy summer travel season.

City passes update of alien protections

posted: 05/25/2016 3:52 a.m. Discuss

San Francisco officials upheld the city's strict sanctuary protections for illegal aliens, despite national anger over a Mexican man's killing of a woman along a waterfront pier.

House GOP goes after IRS chief

updated: 05/25/2016 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Republicans aired their complaints about IRS chief John Koskinen on Tuesday, telling a GOP-run House committee that he should be impeached for lying to lawmakers and destroying evidence.

Full court revisits Texas voter-ID law

updated: 05/25/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Whether a strict Texas voter-ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.

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