Biden: Immigration ‘crucial’ to American innovation

A 'constant, substantial stream of immigrants' is important America's economy,

Biden: Immigration ‘crucial’ to American innovation

Vice President Joe Biden extoled immigration as crucial to American innovation Saturday at a college graduation ceremony in South Florida. The Miami Dade College graduates from two campuses and their families, 2,000 strong, cheered as a procession of 39 flags from their home countries, entered the gym and opened the program. Biden acknowledged that he […]

Judge finds Arkansas voter ID law unconstitutional

But judge stayed the order for the upcoming state primary

Judge finds Arkansas voter ID law unconstitutional

An Arkansas judge on Friday again found the state’s new voter ID law to be unconstitutional but said there wasn’t enough time to prohibit officials from enforcing it during this month’s primary election. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot violates the […]

Teenager sought to kill family, bomb schools

He was acting alone and would have carried out the attack in the next few weeks

Teenager sought to kill family, bomb schools

Authorities said Thursday that they prevented an “unimaginable tragedy” by foiling a teenager’s elaborate plot to kill his family and bomb the junior and senior high school in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca. Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect Tuesday and charged him in juvenile court Thursday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six […]

Sexual assault reports up by 50 percent in military

'We have to fight the cultural stigmas that discourage reporting'

Sexual assault reports up by 50 percent in military

Reports by members of the military of sexual assaults jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared a “clear threat” to both male and female service members’ lives and well-being. The latest numbers reflected an aggressive campaign by the Pentagon to persuade victims to come forward, but Hagel […]

Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

More openness sought about sexual violence on and around the nation's campuses

Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they’re cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is one of only a handful of schools named by federal […]

Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

Aggressive efforts to shake up the way the DIA does business rankled bosses

Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

The three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the DIA’s civilian deputy director, David Shedd, announced […]

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

Bans on gay marriage 'are a direct affront to freedom of religion'

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

A coalition of clergy members is challenging North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage with an unusual approach in a federal lawsuit: They say it violates their religious freedom. The clergy members said in the lawsuit filed Monday that they’d like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but they can’t because of the […]

Supremes looking at ‘no warrant’ cell phone searches

Is looking at a smartphone's contents an invasion of privacy?

Supremes looking at ‘no warrant’ cell phone searches

The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. The court’s latest foray into the issue of privacy in the digital age involves two cases being argued Tuesday that arose from searches of phones carried by a gang member and a drug dealer. Police […]

Does use of ‘big data’ bring big discrimination?

'Big data' is everywhere.

Does use of  ‘big data’ bring big discrimination?

A White House review of how the government and private sector use large sets of data has found that such information could be used to discriminate against Americans on issues such as housing and employment even as it makes their lives easier in many ways. “Big data” is everywhere. It allows mapping apps to ping […]

Why do more and more renounce US citizenship?

Renouncers have swelled more than five-fold from a decade ago

Why do more and more renounce US citizenship?

Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila’s anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. “We the people….” declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover. Her departure […]

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