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The German defense ministry is pictured through a fence in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S., a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, without naming sources, that the man being investigated worked at Germany's Defense Ministry and is suspected of spying for the United States. Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Uwe Roth declined to confirm the reports, but said the case fell "into the ministry's area of responsibility" and that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen had been informed. (AP Photo/dpa, Maurizio Gambarini)

Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving U.S.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries. Federal prosecutors said yesterday that the police raided properties in the Berlin area on “initial suspicion of activity for an intelligence agency.” They did not elaborate or … 0

Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off

Thursday, July 10, 2014

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets yesterday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got under way. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel and the Hamas militant group, said it spoke to … 0

Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews. John Kalymon of Troy died at his suburban Detroit home June 29. He had pneumonia, prostate cancer and dementia, son … 0

Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Police officers in a Maine city believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its … 0

Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In more than three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she’s getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in … 0

Improper payments by federal government top $100B

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tax credits for families that don’t qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may … 1

VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department said he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems. James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at … 2

Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Utah is going directly to the nation’s highest court to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general’s office announced yesterday. The state opted to appeal the … 0

New York police see risks with drones’ popularity

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities said, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George … 0

U.S. students in middle of pack on financial knowhow

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key – but complex – financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips. The picture … 0

Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared yesterday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were … 0

Donetsk primed for siege as Ukraine army hems in fleeing rebels

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Donetsk is steeling itself for a siege as troops encircle separatists who have pulled back to the biggest city in Ukraine’s conflict zone after months of bloody unrest. “I feel it will be the end of Donetsk soon – all life will stop,” said Oleksandr, 32, after hundreds … 0

Obama presses Congress to consent on border money

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government’s ability to respond, senior administration officials said yesterday as President Obama urged Congress to move swiftly to approve emergency … 2