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1,580 IRS workers evaded taxes over 10-year period

Nearly 1,600 IRS workers were found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period, including some who were responsible for enforcing the nation’s tax laws, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

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Teen who spray-painted prom invite on Idaho cliff sought

Authorities are looking for a teen who wanted a date with Destiny and hoped to get it by spray-painting a prom proposal on an Idaho cliffside.

Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

3 accused of operating fake police department

Three people, one an aide to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, were arrested after claiming to operate a police department with jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and that traces its roots back 3,000 years.

Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

Woman known for sneaking on planes jailed in Chicago

A woman with a history of trying to sneak onto planes without a ticket has been arrested twice in recent days at both of Chicago’s international airports after being spotted loitering in terminal areas, police said Wednesday.

Teacher arrested after burning students with Tesla coil

An Oregon science teacher who police say used a Tesla coil to burn the phrase “I love mom” into the arms of students has been charged with criminal mistreatment.

Baltimore mayor, in reversal, asks for federal police probe

Baltimore’s mayor was emphatic last week: She did not want federal oversight of her police department.

Author to face critics of new book about city’s rape cases

Jon Krakauer, the best-selling author of “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” is headed to the titular town Wednesday to face angry critics who say his decision to focus on the small Montana city is unfair.

Robert Redford sounds environmental alarm at Santa Fe event

Robert Redford is sounding an environmental alarm, saying the planet is changing and “our opportunities are shrinking.”

Family of US captive killed by drone backs hostage czar

The family of an American captive killed in a drone strike said Wednesday it would welcome the creation of a hostage czar to coordinate government efforts to free those held.

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Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea

EU eyes seizing boats

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Tornadoes in southern Plains, destroy homes, flip cars

Tornadoes raked the southern Plains Wednesday, overturning cars on an Oklahoma City interstate and destroying dozens of homes.

Germanwings co-pilot tested descents hours before crash

A co-pilot who purposely crashed a Germanwings A320 plane into the French Alps appeared to have rehearsed sending the jet into a deadly descent on another flight just two hours earlier, investigators said Wednesday.

Last of US’ German moon rocket design team dies

The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States after World War II and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died.

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Jim Wright, former US House speaker, dies at age 92

As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989 when he told those who had elected him speaker that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.

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Whole Foods plans new chain to court millennials

Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products.

Stocks drop on weak jobs data, jitters over Yellen comments

U.S. stocks fell across industries on Wednesday as investors worried over stock valuations, economic growth and rising interest rates.

Fed Chair Yellen: stock market prices ‘quite high’

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.

Gunman’s hashtag hinted at Texas plot

About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: “May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” or holy warriors.

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