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By Matthew Schofield and Lesley Clark WASHINGTON – Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now authorized to probe whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. A Justice Department official, who asked not to be identified…

By Franco Ordonez  WASHINGTON — Immigration lawyers have already begun taking steps to challenge President Donald Trump’s sweeping new directives to step up deportations of those in the country illegally. Some of the top immigration rights groups and their lawyers huddled over the weekend and Tuesday to debate when and how they want to attack directives released Tues…

By Lesley Clark WASHINGTON — To Sylvanus Beahm, a retired steelworker from Bethlehem, Pa., the allegations that Russia meddled in the November election to hurt Hillary Clinton are a load of bunk, peddled by sore losers. “Those Democrats just don’t want to stop, do they?” said Beahm, 84, himself a registered Democrat, but one that voted against his party’s nominee in …

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will send as many as 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, more than doubling the size of the U.S. force assisting Iraqi and Kurdish troops battling Islamic State militants, the White House said Friday.For the first time since U.S. troops returned to Iraq as advisers in August, American military personnel will be posted at Iraqi training bases and head…

Graduation events, trips to the beach, summer jobs, going off to college for the first time – it’s the time of year when the headiness of changes going on teens’ lives often make them want to experiment with alcohol. TheAlcoholTalk.com offers some relevant statistics and practical advice for parents of teens who need to help them make safe decisions. Touted as a new approa…

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WASHINGTON – The Senate Intelligence Committee today is expected to approve the declassifying of the findings, conclusions and executive summary of its $40 million report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, leaving it to the White House to decide just how much of the 6,300-page investigation will actually become public.President Obama’s decision on what to release…

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NEW YORK – Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at the age of 94, his record label said Tuesday, after a long career collecting and championing the folk songs of the United States as well as writing his own classic hits.He died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian hospital on Monday.“Like a ripple that keeps going out from a pond, Mr. Seeger’s music will kee…

Many of you will be carving your pumpkins for Halloween in the upcoming week, so NeXt offers some carving tips from Pumpkin Masters’ master carver Gene Granata:Remember safety first and carve carefully: Did you know it’s less dangerous to saw a pumpkin when you’re carving it, rather than slice?1. Create a safe workspace. Set out your carving materials on a well-lit, dry su…

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected a seat on the U.N. Security Council to protest what it said was a lack of international efforts to end world conflicts.“The kingdom believes that double standards in the Security Council prevent it from performing its duties and assuming its responsibilities towards keeping peace and security in the world,” the Saudi F…

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NEW DELHI – India’s most powerful cyclone in 14 years left a trail of destruction Sunday along the eastern coast and killed at least 18 people. The biggest evacuation in the country’s history, involving more than a million people, was credited with saving many lives.Thousands of soldiers and workers began relief operations after the worst of the storm had passed, distribut…

Halloween is synonymous with costumes, an abundance of bite-sized candy and adorable photos of children dressed as cartoon characters, super heroes and creatures. However, the spirit of Halloween can also influence your travels.Rather than focusing on haunted destinations, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have compiled a list of those places that have been abr…

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, May 26, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan © 2013, The Nielsen Company.(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz, LLC. © 2013 by PWxyz, LLC.)HARDCOVER FICTION1. Inferno. Dan Brown. Doubleday ($29.…

This was Dwyane Wade's very best -- his Ninth Symphony, his Ulysses, his roundhouse, double-legged dropkick from the top rope.In a rough-and-tumble second-round series that featured blood and flagrant fouls, cheap shots and suspensions, Wade delivered the final blow Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Game Six of the Eastern Conference semifinals.He scor…

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BAGHDAD -- Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's security services have locked up more than 1,000 members of other political parties over the past several months, detaining many of them in secret locations with no access to legal counsel and using "brutal torture" to extract confessions, his chief political rival has charged.Ayad Allawi, the secular Shiite …