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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 …

Effectiveness of Whooping Cough Vaccine is Studied in Vt.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Montpelier — Scientists and public health officials are studying a Vermont whooping cough epidemic to determine if the current vaccine is less effective against a new strain sweeping the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Health Department are examining the records of 854 …

Lawmakers Have Tentative Deal on VA Fixes

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal today. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who lead the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs …

Ebola Kills Liberian Doctor, Two Americans Also Infected

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak …

New U.S. Help Arrives For Rebels in Syria

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gaziantep, Turkey — A U.S.-backed effort to arm the moderate Syrian opposition is finally ramping up along the Turkey-Syria border, but it may come too late to save the rebels from defeats on two fronts, by President Bashar Assad’s government and by the extremists seeking to carve out …

Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife Of Official From Cameroon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria — Cameroon sent additional soldiers to the north after the government said it suspects Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of Deputy Premier Amadou Ali, the highest profile attack by the Islamist militants outside Nigeria. Gunmen attacked Ali’s home and killed an unknown number of people and …

Money Talk: Cutting Back Is Answer to Debt

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : My wife and I accrued $28,000 of credit card debt over the past eight years. In addition to a sizable student loan bill for law school, our home mortgage and the expenses associated with three young children, we are struggling to get ahead enough to knock …

Two Ag-Gag Laws Facing Federal Court

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass …

Amazon Opens First of 15 ‘Sortation’ Centers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kent, Wash. — As Mike Roth steps into Amazon.com’s newest warehouse here, he spreads his arms wide and asks what is different about this facility from the 96 other warehouses the Web giant operates around the world. To …

Getting Physical With Virtual Reality

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus VR for $2 billion in March, many in the tech industry lauded the move as heralding the next generation in computer gaming. The potential of Oculus’ Rift goggles is tantalizing …

Facebook Low in Customer Satisfaction, Survey Says

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pinterest users have a high rate of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by an independent research group. Facebook and LinkedIn users? Not so much. Ads and privacy are big concerns cited by Internet users who ranked Facebook and LinkedIn lowest among social media sites, according to …