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In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, right, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, listens to Wang Lequan, deputy chairman of the party's Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China Crackdown Snares Ex-Security Chief

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beijing — China’s Communist Party has placed under investigation the highest-ranking official yet to be ensnared in its corruption crackdown: Zhou Yongkang, former security chief and oil czar. The investigation of Zhou had been rumored for months, but was officially confirmed Tuesday by Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency. Xinhua reported that the party’s central committee had decided to probe Zhou …

Study: Hundreds of Obama White House Rules Technically Illegal

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washington — Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on. There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect …

Texas: Gay-Marriage Ban Best for Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dallas — Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in “stable, lasting relationships,” the state’s attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP nominee for governor, said the views of ban opponents could be considered “rational.” But he argued that Texas voters …

Past-Due Debt High in U.S.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washington — Roughly one in three adult Americans has past-due debt that’s been turned over to a collections agency, according to a novel new study. Southern states fare worst in the study, with most having four in 10 residents with credit files that show debt in collection. The …

Senate OKs Short-Term Highway Fix

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washington — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued transportation programs in recent years. The …

Obama Plans to Give Migrants Work Permits

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washington — President Obama is developing plans to use executive action to let millions of undocumented immigrants obtain work permits that would allow them stay in the U.S. legally, said a Democratic Senate aide. White House officials have told allies in Congress to expect an announcement of a …

Poll: Immigration Concerns Rise

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mcallen, Texas — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most …

As Fighting Intensifies, Israelis Embrace Gaza War

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jerusalem — The airwaves are filled with images of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip. President Obama is pressing for an immediate cease-fire. More than 50 Israeli soldiers have been killed. But at home, Prime Minister Benjamin …

EU, U.S. Levy New Sanctions With ‘Even Bigger Bite’ On Russia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

London — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings to impose a wave of tough new economic sanctions on Russia, including an arms embargo and limits on access to European capital markets for Russian state-owned banks. …

West Bank Palestinians, Israeli Arabs Coalescing

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ramallah, West Bank — Three weeks into Israel’s bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs are beginning to display the kind of fury and cohesion that Israel hasn’t seen since the so-called second …

Judge Rules Against D.C. Ban on Guns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law …

Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been increasingly targeting lower-income customers. The deal makes Dollar Tree the …

‘What Is Coming Will Be Worse’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of …