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IRS says thieves stole tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways... Read more »

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Cleveland, US Justice Department announce police settlement

Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a settlement announced Tuesday with the federal government that... Read more »

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4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital

An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or... Read more »

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The Latest on weather: Third body pulled from Blanco River

Authorities say a third body has been pulled from the Blanco River that crested three times above flood stage during relentless storms in Central Texas. Read more »

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Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice says six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. Read more »

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The 10 best cities in America for job seekers and employees

Where in America has the best opportunity and pay as well as the happiest employees? Read more »

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Obama urges Senate to renew phone-records program

President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. Read more »

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Militants lay siege to guesthouse in Afghanistan's capital

Heavy gunfire and explosions echoed through an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital late Tuesday night, as police surrounded a guesthouse popular with foreigners thought to be under attack... Read more »

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Mitch McConnell: 2016 goal is to maintain, not grow, GOP majority

Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the chances are "pretty slim" that Republicans will grow their majority in the U.S. Senate in 2016, saying his goal is to preserve the majority for what he hopes will... Read more »

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NOAA: Central Pacific will see more hurricanes than average

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the 2015 hurricane season in the region will see more tropical cyclones than average. Read more »

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Russia, US close on Iran 'snap-back' sanctions

Moscow and Washington are close to agreement on a formula that bridges differences over U.S. demands to quickly re-impose U.N. sanctions on Iran if Tehran violates its commitments under a nuclear... Read more »

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'Throwback Tuesday': For some, spelling bee runs in families

At the annual National Spelling Bee barbecue, 15-year-old Anna Turner was one of many former spellers sporting the official T-shirt from the year she competed. But it wasn't entirely by choice. Read more »

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Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Hillary Clinton's left

Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform... Read more »

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Police: US airman shoots Wal-Mart workers, kills self

A U.S. airman "with no apparent motive" walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the... Read more »

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Police detail traffic stop that ended in New Mexico officer's death

Authorities say the man suspected of killing a police officer in an Albuquerque suburb had an extensive criminal record, including a manslaughter conviction. Read more »

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Woman held down husband in Vegas hatchet attack, police say

An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day,... Read more »

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Floodwaters rise in Houston; search goes on for at least 13 missing

Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways... Read more »

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Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

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... Read more »

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A mountain submarine? What the heck?

It may sound a bit off-the-wall, but a museum in Colorado has a submarine on exhibit. It was found in 1944 on the bottom of a lake high in the Colorado Rockies. Read more »

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PacSun pulls T-shirt from shelves after public backlash

The retail store PacSun pulled a T-Shirt depicting a black and white American Flag turned upside down after receiving significant backlash. Read more »

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Sen. Mitch McConnell working on memoir

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir. Read more »

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This innovative high school program is turning conventional wisdom about education on its head

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California is making a big investment in "linked learning," or career-centered programs that not only aim to prepare high school students for college, but also set them on a career path. Read more »

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Enraged voters menace political status quo in Spain, Poland

Reeling from punishment at the polls, Spain's ruling and main opposition parties prepared Tuesday for negotiations with anti-establishment newcomer groups in a bid to form regional power sharing... Read more »

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11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning

Parts of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone's living room, if not for the stained glass window depicting Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of... Read more »

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UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

An "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria has children in danger of being seen as potential threats, the U.N. children's agency said... Read more »

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