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Obama NSA reforms

CNN

Obama warns of fallout without NSA deal

Speaking two days before major provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire, President Barack Obama on Friday warned that without the data collection and surveillance programs, a terrorist could slip by intelligence agencies.

Dennis Hastert

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Sources: Hastert was covering up sex misconduct

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was paying a former student to keep quiet about allegations of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois, two sources with knowledge of the federal government inve...

Anthrax microscope

CDC

Army may have shipped live anthrax to Australia

In what is emerging as a widening military investigation into the accidental shipment of live anthrax, the Army discovered it may have shipped the live pathogen to Australia back around 2008 or 2009, the Pentagon said Friday.

Following the discovery t...

Josh Earnest

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WH: 'No justification' for violence in Phoenix

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that there is "no justification" for violence at an anti-Islam rally in Phoenix Friday night.

Lincoln Chafee

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Chafee to announce presidential run

Lincoln Chafee will announce he is running for president next month, according to his spokeswoman Debbie Rich.

The former Rhode Island governor and senator, who became a Democrat in 2013, will make the announcement during a previously scheduled speech...

Cuba

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Cuba officially off U.S. terror blacklist

The United States officially removed Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism on Friday, setting the two nations up for a full renewal of diplomatic ties.

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul super PAC ad gets creative

It's not your typical political ad.

Phone on plane

CNN

The next political battleground: your phone

There's a new political battleground in 2016: your phone.

Havana, Cuba, skyline

Patrick Oppmann/CNN

Cuba officially off U.S. terror blacklist

The United States officially removed Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism on Friday, setting the two nations up for a full renewal of diplomatic ties.

Dennis Hastert

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Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted

Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct."

The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinoi...

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Pataki makes long-shot bid for President

George Pataki, the newest addition to the packed Republican White House race, said Thursday the bottom of the pack is the best place to start, as he kicked off his long-shot presidential bid in New Hampshire.

The former three-term New York governor, w...

 

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5 fun facts about Barack Obama

Obama preparing for Tuesday debate

Happy birthday, Mr. President! President Barack Obama turned 53 on Monday. Find out five interesting facts about the commander in chief.

The British Monarchy

Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday. Take a look at the family tree of the British monarchy and learn a bit about George's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The legacy of JFK

JFK side profile

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

JFK was assassinated riding in the motorcade in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago.  Years later his legacy still lives on through his influence on the Peace Corps, the Space Race and in Civil Rights.  Take a look at this interactive to review a timeline of important events, as well as, watch and listen to powerful JFK speeches.

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Pataki: 'I am candidate for president of US'

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Former New York Governor George Pataki announces he is a candidate for president of the United States during a rally in New Hampshire.

Pataki announces candidacy for president

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Former New York governor George Pataki enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Who is Rick Santorum?

Rick Santorum who is he

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is betting the voters will give him a do-over.

Nebraska Gov. vetoes death-penalty repeal

Nebraska death penalty

KHGI

Nebraska lawmakers last week approved a bill that would repeal the death penalty in their state, but GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday followed through on his promise to veto the legislation.

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    On this day: May 29

    Constantinople falls, Bing Crosby records "White Christmas," Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the top of Mount Everest, and Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to race in the Indy 500, all on this day.

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'I didn't do anything wrong,' testifies Fitzgerald

Allentown Police Chief s son in court today
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

Testifying in his own defense Friday morning, Christopher Fitzgerald said he absolutely did not point his pistol at anyone when arrested in August.

Goats gobble up invasive plants clogging stormwater basin

SALISBURY TWP., Pa.

Three goats named Winky, Blinky and Nodd soon will be feasting on Japanese knotweed that has taken over a stormwater basin next to the Salisbury Township municipal building, which is along Pike Avenue just south of Allentown.

Tamaqua man charged with defrauding elderly couple

Alfonso Picone
RUSH TWP., Pa.

Police charged a Tamaqua man with swindling an elderly couple out of over $315,000.

Quakertown Community SB to ask districts to join them in PSERS fight

Quakertown School Board
QUAKERTOWN, Pa.

The Quakertown Community School District School Board has decided to formally disseminate to all school districts across the state its intention to create a pension crisis.

 
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