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Local man fights to find his father's killer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ryan Backman told a roomful of victim advocates Wednesday at the National Press Club about how his father Cliff laid dying tried to give a 911 operator a description of the man who shot him. Video Video
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Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider: IRS gives bonuses to workers cited for misconduct
A new report shows the Internal Revenue Service routinely gave bonuses and time off awards to tax agency workers who had been disciplined internally for job-related misconduct, which included fraud,...

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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts
The U-2 spy plane -- which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet -- outlasted the Cold War and even outlived its successor. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft from the sky.
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Egypt cleared for some US military aid, source says
A congressional aide said the Obama administration has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel -- and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.
Kerry says Russia lacks positive steps in Ukraine
Secretary of State John Kerry is telling the Russian foreign minister that he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by the Russians, to de-escalate the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine.
Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage
President Obama is bracing to share sorrows once again as he visits Washington state, to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people last month.
US troops head to exercises in Eastern Europe
U.S. Army troops are arriving in Poland to begin what will be a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe -- in a move to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month.
Globe had fourth hottest March on record, US cooler than usual
Federal forecasters have calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States, where the month was about one degree cooler than normal.
Intelligence workers' admissions of guilt not reported, official says
An inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community has said that some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies, because of breakdowns in reporting procedures.
IRS gives bonuses to employees who owe back taxes
A government investigator said Tuesday that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid out $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes, and many got bonuses even though they had been disciplined for some kind of misconduct.
Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on schools considering race
A U.S. Supreme Court justice is accusing her fellow justices of trying to "wish away" racial inequality -- by upholding a Michigan law that prohibits state universities from considering race as a factor in school admissions.
Job market improved for 2013 college grads, Labor Dept. says
The job market for new college graduates is brightening, but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was the lowest rate since 2007.
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