The IRS and its tea party tempest
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is feeling the sort of heat that targeted taxpayers feel from the tax agency. It's the sense that a powerful someone is breathing down your neck.
Republicans in Congress are livid with the IRS...
Canada trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian government is trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers who are frustrated by U.S. visa policies, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration system.
Camp means community service for many young people
NEW YORK (AP) — At 14, Tyler Cohen had never been out of the country or traveled without his Long Island family when he found himself in Costa Rica on a monthlong service trip for teens.
There, he worked on a coffee plantation, made signs for...
Hagel orders review of sex-abuse prevention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday ordered the military to recertify all 25,000 people involved in programs designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault, an acknowledgement that assaults have escalated beyond the...
CBO: Obama budget cuts deficits $1.1T by 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget would trim projected federal deficits by $1.1 trillion over the coming decade, using nearly $6 in higher revenues for every $1 in reduced spending to achieve it, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst...
Navy pilot earns degree in combat zone
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Finals week was dangerous for Thomas Saenz.
The Navy lieutenant needed armed guards and an armored car to get to his California university-approved exam site, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A deadly bomb attack also caused him to...
Jerry Brown defends education spending in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his proposal to shift some education spending to the state's neediest children.
With a proposed jump in school spending this year, Brown wants to target new dollars at districts with students...
Marine, dog reunited in surprise ceremony
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he'd look her up when he returned home.
"I promised her if we made it out of alive, I'd...
Calif. doc with 'cancer cure' gets 14 years prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California doctor has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for bilking her patients out of more than $1 million by promising that an herbal supplement could cure late-stage cancer and other diseases.
Sugarland's Nettles signs up Rubin, goes solo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is releasing a solo album.Nettles says Friday in a news release that she is working with Rick Rubin and will release the album in the fall.Rumors that Nettles would release a solo album have been...
'Mother's instincts' kicked in for woman who chased abductor
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mother who chased down an abductor and ran into his car after he grabbed her 4-year-old said Friday her "mother's instincts" kicked in when she launched her pursuit.
Melissa Torrez told The Associated Press that she...
Girl gets surprise reunion with dad at Rays game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area girl throwing the first pitch at a Rays game got a big surprise from her father, who had been stationed in Afghanistan for the past two years.
Before throwing the pitch Thursday, 9-year-old Alayna...