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Deceased councilwoman in Pittsburgh wins Democratic primary

By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A councilwoman who died earlier this month easily defeated the only other candidate on the ballot for the Pennsylvania county that includes Pittsburgh, results showed on Wednesday. Incumbent Barbara Daly Danko,...

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US senator stages 10-hour talkathon opposing surveillance

White House hopeful Rand Paul theatrically brought the Senate to a standstill, delivering a 10-hour, 30-minute speech seeking to end intelligence agency bulk telephone data collection from millions of Americans. The Republican senator from Kentucky sai...

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Senators try to block extension of bulk data collection

U.S. Presidential candidate and Texas Senator Rand Paul speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des MoinesBy Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul interrupted debate in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to make a speech opposing legislation that would extend U.S. spy agencies' collection of Americans' telephone data. Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, was expected to keep speaking until midnight, or later. As the hours passed, he was joined by other legislators, including Democrat Ron Wyden, who also want to convince the Senate not to extend provisions of the USA Patriot Act that provide the legal basis for the collection of billions of telephone call records.


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A Kentucky Election That’s Too Close to Call?

A Kentucky Election That's Too Close to Call?Matt Bevin may have won Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor on Tuesday night. Out of more than 214,000 votes cast, the Tea Party conservative was leading James Comer by 83 votes. The primary pitted Bevin, the businessman who was thrashed by Mitch McConnell in a Senate primary a year ago, against Comer, the state’s agriculture commissioner and the Republican establishment’s pick in the race.


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Judge blocks North Carolina from issuing fracking permits

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina commission tasked with issuing the state's first permits for hydraulic fracturing must put its work on pause until a lawsuit challenging the makeup of its membership is resolved, an environmental law group said on Wednesday. An order issued by Judge Donald Stephens of Wake County Superior Court on May 6 "effectively reinstates" a state moratorium on the method of shale gas exploration known as fracking, said the Southern Environmental Law Center in a statement. The state's Republican-led legislature last year lifted North Carolina's longtime ban on fracking, in which rock formations are cracked and infused with chemical-laced water to extract natural gas, and the Mining and Energy Commission was set to begin issuing drilling permits.

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Compromise floated on currency rules in U.S. Senate

Senior U.S. senators on Wednesday urged colleagues to support a compromise on boosting rules against currency manipulation in trade legislation key to a Pacific trade pact. Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden, the senior members of the Senate...

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Conservative Nebraska moves toward death penalty repeal

By Katie Knapp Schubert OMAHA, Neb. (Reuters) - Conservative Nebraska moved closer on Wednesday to abolishing the death penalty with lawmakers passing a repeal with enough votes to override an expected veto from the state's governor. It was the third t...

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Former NY governor looks to join Republican presidential field

Former New York Governor George Pataki indicated on Wednesday that he would announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination next week in New Hampshire. Last week, Pataki said he would be in Exeter, the New Hampshire town known as ...

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UK’s Charles talks of murdered ‘grandfather I never had’

Britain's Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in GalwayBy Darren Staples SLIGO, Ireland (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles spoke on Wednesday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him "the grandfather I never had." Speaking ahead of his first visit to the site where the Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed Mountbatten by exploding a bomb on his boat in 1979, Charles said Ireland had endured a history of much pain and resentment where blame was always too easily attributed. Mountbatten's death, he added, had given him a profound understanding of the agonies borne by so many people affected by the country's troubled past.


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Charles talks of murdered ‘grandfather I never had’

Britain's Prince Charles arrives at the National University of Ireland in GalwayBy Darren Staples SLIGO, Ireland (Reuters) - Prince Charles spoke on Wednesday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him "the grandfather I never had." Speaking ahead of his first visit to the site where the Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed Mountbatten by exploding a bomb on his boat in 1979, Charles said Ireland had endured a history of much pain and resentment where blame was always too easily attributed. Mountbatten's death, he added, had given him a profound understanding of the agonies borne by so many people affected by the country's troubled past.


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