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Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded


HOUSTON - Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. | Video

Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers' information: IRS

- Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers.

Politics, 26 May 2015

Colorado movie gunman wrote of 'obsession to kill' since childhood

CENTENNIAL, Colo., - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an "obsession to kill" since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday.

26 May 2015

Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos

- Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages.

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California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

SAN FRANCISCO - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday.

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Seattle to close medical marijuana dispensaries operating without permits

SEATTLE - Seattle will close dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without a license, the city's mayor said on Tuesday, part of a statewide effort to reconcile the unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry.

26 May 2015

Amtrak to install cameras to monitor train engineers after crash

- Amtrak plans to install video cameras to monitor the engineers of locomotives on its heavily traveled routes in the northeastern United States following a deadly derailment, the nation's largest passenger rail service said on Tuesday.

26 May 2015

U.S. top court to hear 'one person, one vote' challenge in Texas case

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether urban, often Hispanic voters get too much voting power because of the way state legislative districts are drawn in a Texas case that could end up giving more clout to rural Republican voters.

26 May 2015

Yemen man pleads guilty to al Qaeda scheme to kill U.S. military

NEW YORK - A Yemeni man who prosecutors said was a member of al Qaeda and engaged in attacks against U.S. military forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to kill Americans overseas.

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California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

LOS ANGELES - The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said.

Politics, 26 May 2015

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