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FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order …

Trial of Washington Post reporter begins in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the …

Floodwaters inundate Houston’s highways

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HOUSTON — Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. Meanwhile, the search went on for at least 13 people who were still missing, including …

Obama salutes fallen at Arlington

Monday, May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 …

Flash floods destroy homes in Texas, Okla.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely …

Defense chief: Iraqis lacking ‘will to fight’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment …

Irish voters overwhelmingly endorse gay marriage

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DUBLIN — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a …

Children on their own among migrants landing in Indonesia

Sunday, May 24, 2015

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the …

Catholics to spread pope’s climate change message

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NEW YORK — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change …

NSA begins closing data collection

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting down a controversial program Saturday that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say is vital to track terrorists in the United States. The Senate had debated …

Killing of opposition leader rattles Burundi

Sunday, May 24, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — Just over a week after a failed coup, the crisis in Burundi deteriorated sharply with escalating violence and the weekend assassination of an opposition leader. Thousands of activists carrying placards Sunday mourned Zedi Feruzi, leader of the small Union for Peace and Development party. He was …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of …

Cleveland patrolman acquitted in deaths of two blacks amid 137-shot barrage

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CLEVELAND — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by …