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Civilians get new authority in Cleveland police settlement

Cleveland’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city’s troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures.

Nebraska ends ban on driver’s licenses for immigrant youths

Nebraska ended the nation’s last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, after the Legislature voted Thursday to override a veto from the state’s new Republican governor.

US stocks end modestly lower

U.S. stocks fell slightly Thursday, following a sell-off in the Chinese market and continued worries about the approaching debt payment deadline for cash-starved Greece.

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Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons.

FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate

As Congress wrestles over renewing the Patriot Act’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.

Rand Paul blames GOP hawks for rise of ISIS

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on

Defense Secretary Ash Carter strongly defended America’s right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction effort.

Man on MTV’s ‘Catfish’ accused of making fake threats in DC

A man once exposed on MTV’s “Catfish” reality show about online scams was charged Wednesday with calling in fake threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the nation’s capital.

Lawyer: Confinement of chimps for research akin to slavery

A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of mentally ill people and imprisonment.

IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.

FCC takes aim at stopping annoying telemarketing calls

Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating — and the government is taking note.

Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains

The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through the Southwest highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers.

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Homeowners clean up in Texas, area death toll climbs to 19

Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing.

Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law

A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.

Software glitch can cause iPhones to crash

A newly-discovered glitch in Apple’s software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.

Onstage at last: Memorable moments of National Spelling Bee

An impressive field of 283 young spellers was narrowed to 49 semifinalists during Wednesday's preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The remaining spellers will compete on Thursday for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.

US accuses FIFA of $150M in bribes, dozen schemes

In accusing soccer federation leaders of tarnishing the sport by taking $150 million in bribes and payoffs, U.S. prosecutors laid out a sweeping corruption case that hinges on the testimony of insiders, including some who have agreed to cooperate in plea deals.

Theft of copper cable causes major disruption on NYC subways

Subway service was disrupted for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday because of a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks, transit officials said.

U2's longtime tour manager found dead

Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

Historian Hugh Ambrose, author of ‘The Pacific,’ dies

Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history “The Pacific” after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48.