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CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers....

US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict....

Congress races to finish VA, highway bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States....

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink....

Report: CIA officers read Senate emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report....

Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says....

Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?...

Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the three-day summit....

Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign....

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year....

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