May 29, 2015

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Travel ban ending for Taliban leaders traded for Bergdahl

WASHINGTON — A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can move freely around the world as early as Monday. Under terms of the exchange in Read More…

Colorado theater shooting survivors face accused in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — From the witness stand, Christina Blache could finally do what she had most wanted and most feared: She looked for the first time at the man who shot her, who killed her friend, who ravaged so many lives. Her muscles tensed. Her nerves tingled. She fought back tears. “I’d never faced him Read More…

Rick Santorum’s back, and he faces an uphill climb

WASHINGTON — He exceeded the political world’s expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he readies a second White House run, Rick Santorum may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in 2016. An aggressive advocate for conservative family values, the 57-year-old Read More…

Bangladeshis caught in midst of Southeast Asia migrant crisis

UKHIYA, Bangladesh — The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day. First, there would be the boat: A huge boat where people could spread out comfortably, where the food would be plentiful and delicious. Read More…

104,000 taxpayers have information stolen from IRS website

WASHINGTON — More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to Read More…

Consent decree demands more accountability, engagement from Cleveland police

Protesters congregate in front of city hall, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. Members of about 40 churches are protesting the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists with a march through downtown Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — The centerpiece of an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how to reform the city’s troubled police department is creating an organization that is more accountable and engaged with the people it serves. Community policing, improved training and policies concerning the use of force and more Read More…

Cleveland, Justice Department announce agreement

CLEVELAND — Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The announcement comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, May 26

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home Authorities are also searching for victims across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for. 2. Read More…

12 missing after Texas flooding sweeps away vacation home

WIMBERLEY, Texas — Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that Read More…

Iraq launching counteroffensive against Islamic State in Anbar

BAGHDAD — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi state TV declared the start of the operation, in which troops will be backed by Shiite and Sunni paramilitary Read More…