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Ravenstahl grand jury expires; feds mum on probe

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:17

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal grand jury that heard testimony from several staff members and police officials linked to former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has expired without returning indictments.

Ravenstahl and his attorney have denied that there was any wrongdoing or that the former mayor was targeted.

U.S. ...

Alaska Republicans vie for chance to unseat Begich

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:13

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.

The last-minute scramble ahead of Tuesday's ...

Report: Stun guns misused by Nebraska officers

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:38

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska law enforcement officers have misused stun guns several times in recent years, with targets that included an elderly man, a mentally ill woman and a 9-year-old, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report by the ACLU of Nebraska criticizes officers for using the weapon ...

Rep. Charles Rangel gets court date to fight congressional censure

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:27

A federal appeals court has set a Nov. 13 date to hear oral arguments in Rep. Charles Rangel's lawsuit against his House colleagues, who censured the New York Democrat in 2010.

Mr. Rangel has argued the House failed to give him due process when it investigated and voted to censure ...

Havre man to plead guilty in corruption case

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:26

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Havre businessman plans to plead guilty to charges that his company overbilled the Chippewa Cree Tribe by $116,000 to recover money used to pay off tribal officials who awarded a contract to demolish the reservation's health center.

Former Havre school board member Shad ...

19-year-old in leaf-pile deaths avoids deportation

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:05

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An immigration judge has dismissed the case against a 19-year-old Oregon woman who faced possible deportation to Mexico after she drove an SUV into a leaf pile, accidentally killing two young girls playing in it.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros was ...

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

Tue, 2014-08-19 11:03

The Indianapolis Star. Aug. 16, 2014.

Dysfunction surrounding Glenda Ritz, state board hurts Indiana's children

Here's what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had to say about the political climate surrounding education issues in our state: "Indiana has some very, very deep dysfunction right now, some fundamental ...

Man charged with threatening Scott Walker's son on Twitter

Tue, 2014-08-19 10:40

A Milwaukee man is facing several charges for sending threatening tweets to the son of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker according to a new criminal report released Tuesday.

Robert C. Peffer, 31, told investigators he sent obscene and threatening tweets to 20-year-old Matthew Walker using the Twitter handle @RepublicRince2 starting ...

Treasury IG: Obamacare medical device tax already problematic

Tue, 2014-08-19 09:19

An Obamacare tax on medical device makers is unwieldy and reaping less money than thought, according to an audit released Tuesday that raises questions about the government's ability to manage the health care law's revenue measures.

The Treasury's inspector general for tax administration said the IRS could not identity which ...

Ethics Commission to probe lawmaker's beach bid

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:44

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has voted to investigate whether a state lawmaker violated ethics rules by bidding on a contract for beach concessions.

The Providence Journal ( ) reports that the commission voted Tuesday to probe the bids by Rep. Peter Palumbo for ...

Rick Santorum: 'I don't think demilitarization is an answer'

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:43

Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator and Republican 2012 presidential candidate, said Tuesday that demilitarization is not the answer to ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Speaking from Israel, where he is currently traveling to assess the situation in Gaza, Mr. Santorum told America's Forum that community leaders are responsible for ...

ICE resumes deportations from New Mexico center

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:35

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since ...

New York Times editorial board defends Rick Perry

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:49

The editorial board members of the normally left-leaning New York Times say the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is bogus.

In a piece published Monday, the editorial board members wrote: "Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in ...

Obamacare fading as top GOP ad issue in key Senate races: report

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:28

Republicans in competitive Senate races across the country are backing off their reliance on Obamacare as their top weapon against Democrats on the airwaves, with a leading GOP pollster saying the health care overhaul isn't going to be the most important issue for the fall midterms.

In April, for example, ...

Liberal activists set up voter registration booth where Michael Brown was killed

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:25

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and liberal organizers are coordinating efforts to register voters in Ferguson, Missouri, setting up voting booths in the area as rioting and protests continue in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death.

Mr. Jackson met Monday with St. Louis clergy to plan a formal voter registration drive, ...

McConnell camp hits Grimes over campaign bus costs

Tue, 2014-08-19 07:10

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign is hitting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for renting a bus acquired by her father's company for less than what other like services would charge — a discrepancy legal experts say could be considered an illegal in-kind contribution.

Politico detailed that Ms. Grimes paid less ...

White House salutes humanitarian workers

Tue, 2014-08-19 06:50

The White House marked World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by noting that 460 aid workers were the victims of violence in 30 countries last year.

"As the world's largest humanitarian donor, the United States expresses its deepest respect to these individuals dedicated to serving others," said White House spokesman Eric ...

Armored vehicles among military gear Ohio received

Tue, 2014-08-19 06:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. military has given armored vehicles, assault rifles and thousands of other types of surplus military equipment to Ohio law enforcement agencies in recent years, state records showed.

Ohio law enforcement agencies have received nearly 4,900 assault rifles and 36 mine-resistant vehicles since ...

Business as usual: Rick Perry in Washington this Thursday, then it's on to New Hampshire

Tue, 2014-08-19 06:22

It's business as usual. True to his word, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is forging ahead despite his indictment for abuse of power which has mesmerized the news media. He will, in fact, be in the nation's capital this very Thursday.

Mr. Perry will appear at the Heritage Foundation discussing the ...

Honduras foreign minister visits US-Mexico border

Tue, 2014-08-19 06:07

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The foreign minister of Honduras is scheduled to speak in McAllen about steps that country has taken to stem the flow of unaccompanied child immigrants to the United States.

Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales was expected to meet with U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar ...

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