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Kerry orders audit of record keeping

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The State Department has ordered an internal audit of its record keeping, officials said Friday, outlining a top-to-bottom look at the agency's practices after revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure. Continue reading...

After 5 terms, Reid sets retirement

Subscriber onlySenate Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday that he will retire after five terms. Continue reading...

Wary on Medicare, Senate OKs budget

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Senate adopted a fiscal 2016 budget that calls for $5.1 trillion in spending cuts to achieve balance in 10 years while avoiding proposals to partially privatize Medicare as many Republicans brace for re-election. Continue reading...

Deputy-arranged jail fights probed

Subscriber only Sheriff’s deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said. Continue reading...

Gas-line tapping a theory in NYC apartment blast

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyJury finds no bias in Silicon Valley firing SAN FRANCISCO -- A jury on Friday ruled that a Silicon Valley firm did not retaliate by firing a female worker. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyVin Diesel said Friday that the latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best-picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences -- it's an action flick, and it's a sequel. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyGreg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, toured the border with Mexico with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender, and was noncommittal on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the border after hundreds of police officers recently applied for jobs as the state troopers who will replace the guardsmen. Continue reading...

University of Oklahoma to disclose fraternity probe findings

NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma is expected to disclose the results of its investigation into a racist fraternity chant that was captured on video. Continue reading...

House OKs Medicare doctor-payment fix

Bipartisan bill includes two-year extension of funding for kids’ health insurance

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children's health program. Continue reading...

GI tells of torture in note on captivity

Subscriber onlyArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape. Continue reading...

Arkansan: Foreign aid percolating in Rwanda

He touts its boost for coffee growers

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Arkansan Scott Ford told a U.S. Senate committee Thursday that his coffee company has pumped $100 million into the pockets of Rwandan farmers, something he said wouldn't have been possible without the help of groups funded by U.S. foreign aid and private philanthropists. Continue reading...

Conservative budgets sail so far

House version passes as Democrats protest safety-net cuts

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Republicans are using their new congressional majorities to push conservative budgets through the House and Senate, aiming to eliminate deficits by overturning President Barack Obama's health care law and slashing safety-net programs for the poor. Continue reading...

County HIV surge spurs Indiana move

Subscriber onlyINDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Continue reading...

Trade-off said to let Iran keep fortified nuclear site

Subscriber only The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits at other sites on centrifuge work and research and development , officials said. Continue reading...

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