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The Senate is trying to wrap up its business before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. That includes considering a bill to give President Obama expanded authority on trade.
Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.
New York City authorities Thursday launched a single "day of action" to educate nail salon operators, workers and customers about labor and immigration standards following a recent New York Times report on the widespread exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers in city salons.
Douglas Hughes, the mailman who flew a gyrocopter to the Capitol to raise alarms about the surge in political money, appeared in court Thursday after a federal grand jury indicted him on six charges.
Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said on Thursday the group's ban on openly gay adult leaders cannot be sustained — a move that could open the door to ending the policy.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, who says the debate in Congress over the NSA's bulk collection program shows the Patriot Act needs to be revised.