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Federal investigators in the nation's capital are looking for fraud in a program meant to bring local contractors into major construction projects in the District of Columbia. Three people familiar with the probe tell The Associated Press that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are scrutinizing. (Scott Olson, 2014 Getty Images) Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects

The Associated Press has learned that federal investigators in the nation's capital are looking for fraud in a program meant to bring local contractors into major construction projects in the District of Columbia.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, and others are making the Import-Export Bank's reapproval a campaign issue to highlight the split between GOP ideologies. (Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images)
Senate Dems seek to split GOP on export bank
Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.
Gov. Paul LePage has criticized the placement of eight immigrant children in Maine without advising him. His campaign attacked his opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, for not taking a stand on sheltering children in Maine, but Michaud's campaign said LePage is using the issue only to rally his political base. (Jim Bowdoin, State of Maine)
Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?
The debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races — in Maine.
After a man dressed as Spider-Man – one of dozens who daily dress as kids' favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Batman and pose for photos in exchange for money -- was arrested after allegedly punching a New York City police officer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the practice has ‘gone too far’ and he wants people wearing character costumes in Times Square to be licensed and regulated.  (Gail Oskin, Getty Images for Children's Hospital Boston)
Mayor: Times Square characters should be licensed
Cookie Monster may soon need a license.
Ernst back from military training to Senate race
Senate GOP candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a contest against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become one of the nation's closely watched in the run-up to the midterm elections.
The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a
Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel
Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network.
Hillary Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids
Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under consideration by Congress. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S.
(Ron Wurzer, Getty Images)
US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional
A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union say in a report released Monday the amount of personal information available to government security officials has restricted the flow of information to journalists. (Getty Images/file)
Report: Surveillance hampering journalists
Two human rights groups say the staggering amount of personal information available to government security officials has restricted the flow of information to journalists.
President Obama will name a program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders after former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Chris Jackson, Getty Images)
Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela
A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
U.S. energy companies have been sending dirty coal to other parts of the world where it could create even more pollution. (Mark Wilson, 2014 Getty Images)
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

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