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Sen. Menendez says he is hopeful on votes for U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) — A Democratic member of the so-called Gang of Eight said he was still optimistic the U.S. Senate will be able to pass the group’s immigration…

Court bans detention practices by Ariz. sheriff against Latinos

Court bans detention practices by Ariz. sheriff against Latinos

PHOENIX, May 25 (UPI) — A federal judge in Arizona has ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s handling of people of Latino descent amounts to racial and ethnic profiling. Judge…

Hagel: New generation of officers must end military sex assaults

WEST POINT, N.Y., May 26 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told West Point graduates their generation has the responsibility for putting a stop to sexual assaults in the…

States’ refusal to expand Medicaid may strand thousands

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) — The refusal of many states to expand Medicaid may leave thousands of the poorest in the United States without health insurance, officials say. About half…

Some senators seek more cuts in U.S. farm subsidies

Some senators seek more cuts in U.S. farm subsidies

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) — Some U.S. senators hope to cut even more from the $955 billion farm bill before it comes up for a floor vote. The Senate approved…

Boston Marathon runners finish race interrupted by bombs

BOSTON, May 25 (UPI) — Thousand of runners whose race to the finish of the Boston Marathon last month was interrupted by two deadly bombs completed the final mile Saturday.…

65 guns found in carry-on luggage this week were loaded

65 guns found in carry-on luggage this week were loaded

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — A record 65 guns were found in carry-on bags at U.S. airports this week, including 54 that were loaded, the Transportation Security Administration says. Of…

Man files 122 federal tax returns in dead people’s names

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 26 (UPI) — A 42-year-old New York state man has admitted trying to scam the Internal Revenue Service out of $217,520 in refunds he sought in the…

The Issue: How far is the reach of the scandal monster dogging Obama?

By NICOLE DEBEVEC Talk about a whiff. The Obama administration, in one extraordinarily difficult stretch, was belted with the specters of the U.S. Consulate bombing, word of the IRS targeting…

The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

By MARCELLA KREITER Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown appears to apply to U.S. President Barack Obama, a constitutional lawyer coming to grips with government policies that keep…

Iran test-fires weaponry, defense equipment

TEHRAN, May 26 (UPI) — Iran has been testing a wide-ranging arsenal of weapons during military drills but would not initiate war, the Islamic Republic’s defense minister said. Defense Minister…

Afghan army losses in summer Taliban offensive hit 100

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 26 (UPI) — Afghanistan Sunday said it carried out more than 2,000 combat missions in recent weeks against Taliban forces reinforced by fresh troops out of Pakistan.…

Reports: Notre Dame QB Golson leaves school

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 26 (UPI) — Quarterback Everett Golson, who helped lead Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and a shot at the national title, has left school,…

Amanda Bynes said NYPD cop sexually assaulted her

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) — Actress Amanda Bynes said a police officer sexually assaulted her while arresting her for allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her New…

Three Defendants Plead Guilty to Participating in Ambush Murder and Attempted Murder of ICE Agents in Mexico

WASHINGTON—Julian Zapata Espinoza, also known as “Piolin,” 32, pleaded guilty today to the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of…

Upmeyer: Over two years, we fixed the budget process

Upmeyer: Over two years, we fixed the budget process

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – The 2013 legislative session has officially adjourned. Throughout this session we remained resolved to do the job the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa sent us to…

Op-ed: Dear God, restore this community to normalcy (by Peter Children)

As each day passes and we pause at the end of the day to reflect…can we really say that the coming days will lead to liberation of a inept administration,…

For a more nutritious Memorial Day grill watermelon

For a more nutritious Memorial Day grill watermelon

CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) — For a more nutritious Memorial Day barbecue add both color and nutrients by grilling watermelon, a U.S. nutritionist suggests. Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian nutritionist…

NBC to air fundraising telethon for tornado victims

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 26 (UPI) — Blake Shelton is to headline the “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” telethon next week to aid Oklahoma tornado victims, NBC announced Friday.…

U.S. teen births drop to record low

HYATTSVILLE, Md., May 26 (UPI) — The U.S. teen birth rate dropped by half since the 1991 high of 62 per 1,000 teens ages 15-19 to a record low of…

NBA: San Antonio 104, Memphis 93 (OT)

MEMPHIS, May 26 (UPI) — Tim Duncan scored seven of his 24 points in overtime Saturday and San Antonio bested Memphis 104-93 for a commanding 3-0 playoff series lead. Duncan…

Christie: Jersey Shore 80 percent ready for tourists

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., May 26 (UPI) — The Jersey Shore, which sustained billions of dollars in damage last year from Hurricane Sandy, is 80 percent restored, Gov. Chris Christie said…

Four indicted for filing fake tax returns for nearly $7M in refunds

MINNEAPOLIS, May 26 (UPI) — Two people in Minnesota and two in Florida are accused of filing more than 1,000 fake tax returns claiming nearly $7 million in refunds, federal…

Congressional Republicans question insurers about Sebelius

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — U.S. House Republicans are asking insurers whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked for funds for a healthcare non-profit group. The leaders of…

Republican leaders press Obama to meet with border enforcement union

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — Two Republican legislators criticized President Barack Obama in a letter for failing to meet with unionized U.S. immigration and customs officers. House Judiciary Committee Chairman…

Aide: Obama, Putin to meet twice over security, missile defense

MOSCOW, May 26 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet twice in the next four months, a Kremlin aide said Friday. Yury Ushakov said…

Five bulldogs stolen from family’s yard

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 26 (UPI) — A California family said they are “devastated” by the loss of the four French bulldogs and an English bulldog stolen from their yard.…

Accused killer of police officer hangs himself in Utah jail

OGDEN, Utah, May 26 (UPI) — A man awaiting trial in Utah in the death of a police officer during a January 2012 drug raid has died in his cell…

‘Potty Party’ inaugurates public restroom

NAPERVILLE, Ill., May 26 (UPI) — Parks officials in an Illinois city held a “potty party” to celebrate the opening of a restroom facility in a downtown park. Naperville City…

North Korea may open to day-tripping tourists

SINUIJU, North Korea, May 26 (UPI) — Tourism companies say they are preparing for North Korea to allow visitors to cross from Dandong City, China, to Sinuiju, North Korea’s largest…

South Korean authorities raid Daewoo headquarters

SEOUL, May 26 (UPI) — Authorities in South Korea said they had raided the offices of Daewoo Engineering & Construction seeking evidence of bribery. The raid that took place Friday…

Obama: U.S. is not at war with Islam

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — The United States is not at war with Islam as some extremists claim to justify their violence against the West, President Barack Obama said. Obama,…

U.S. Midwest in midst of gas price shock

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — Lower-than-normal inventories and refinery work means consumers in the U.S. Midwest are facing higher-than-average gasoline prices, the Energy Department said. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy…

U.S. publishes batch of Keystone XL comments

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said it published 100,000 comments, less than 10 percent of the total received, about its draft review of the Keystone XL…

Number of people who believe economy doing OK is growing

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — About 33 percent of the American public says economic conditions are good right now, up from 26 percent in December, a CNN/ORC International poll found.…

MLB: Minnesota 3, Detroit 2

MLB: Minnesota 3, Detroit 2

DETROIT, May 25 (UPI) — P.J. Walters pitched six efficient innings in his first start of 2013 Saturday and Minnesota broke a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over…

Obama’s critics snipe at security doctrine

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s claims that al-Qaida forces are on the run are in contrast to real-world developments, his critics said. Obama said Thursday at…