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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 …

New Fears Rise Over Spread of Ebola

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived …

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NYC Shootout Leaves Suspect Dead, 3 Officers Wounded New York (ap) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke …

Negotiators Unveil Deal To Fix VA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem. The deal ends weeks …

Trustees: Medicare Finances Improve

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected …

House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some Families

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disability Claim System Faulty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baltimore — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn’t working after six years, according to a newly released report. An independent analysis commissioned by the agency found that the project …

Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

Monday, July 28, 2014

Xixi, Taiwan — Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors …

Ukraine, Russia Trade Accusations

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine —Russia and Ukraine on Friday traded accusations of cross-border shelling amid rising tensions that threaten to escalate the conflict even further just as Ukrainian forces are making significant advances and forcing separatists to retreat. The situation at the border is growing increasingly volatile, with what U.S. …

Obama Meets With Central American Leaders

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — President Obama pushed the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Friday to find ways to keep their country’s children from fleeing here illegally and creating a crisis on the southern border. Obama invited the presidents of the three Central American nations to the White …