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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's 2013 federal income tax form is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Bush released a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates. The returns Bush posted online included the eight years since he left office as Florida governor, a period during which he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s tax returns show income of nearly $28 million since leaving office as Florida governor

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday. In an effort designed to show a commitment to transparency, Bush posted the tax returns …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the …

Second prison worker arrested in breakout

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BELLMONT, N.Y. — A maximum-security prison guard believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two inmates before they escaped was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. Gene Palmer appeared before a judge in Plattsburgh on Wednesday night …

France angered, not surprised at new US spying revelations

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PARIS — Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and angered by new evidence of uninhibited American spying, France demanded answers Wednesday and called for an intelligence “code of conduct” between allies. France’s foreign minister summoned …

Death toll over 800 as rain eases heat wave in Pakistan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan — A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 — a high …

Dutch court mandates action on global warming

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way …

NATO to beef up military force in response to Russia

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BRUSSELS — Rejecting charges of engaging in a Cold War-style arms race with Russia, the U.S. and its NATO allies approved military upgrades Wednesday that should help them come to the aid of a threatened alliance member faster, …

America’s chiefs seek compassionate men and women in new era of police recruitment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay. But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths …

‘Treasure hunter’ Barry Clifford draws criticism from mainstream marine archaeologists

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAINTE MARIE ISLAND, Madagascar — Barry Clifford brought up the heavy silver ingot from the bottom of a bay as the president of Madagascar waited to receive it. The dramatic moment was just one in a lifetime of …

La. governor Jindal joins Republican field

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KENNER, La. — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday and set about trying to distinguish himself from better known rivals. …

Obama: US government has let down hostages’ families

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that the U.S. government had let down the families of Americans held hostage by terrorists and promised they would not face criminal prosecution for paying ransoms to their loved ones’ captors. …

Storm cleanup begins as 400,000 in East without power

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service Wednesday. In Pennsylvania, PECO said about 137,000 homes …