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U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral changes to his landmark healthcare law known as "Obamacare." Any such lawsuit could take years to wind through the court system. Meanwhile, Obama is weighing whether to take executive action to scale back deportations of some undocumented residents, a move that would further rachet up tensions with Republicans, who have blocked comprehensive changes to U.S. immigration law, insisting the president take stronger action to stop the flow of illegal migrants. "We have no plans to impeach the president.



U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

CIA InvestigationsSenator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search. The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from privacy advocates and technology companies. Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.



Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

A man walks through flood water up stairs from a parking structure outside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion sporting arena in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, unleashing a 20-foot-tall geyser that flooded part of the campus and stranded motorists on surrounding streets. The water gushed across the north end of the campus for several hours, submerging athletic fields and pouring into an underground parking structure, where motorists were caught in water up to their wheel wells, Los Angles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. He said the athletic fields and possibly some classrooms would likely suffer water damage, although it was too early to estimate.



Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued

In this photo taken from video provided by nbc4la.com, water reaches into the air after a water main burst on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles near UCLA Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/nbc4la.com) MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) ? A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.



Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - City officials in crime-ridden Baltimore on Tuesday defended plans for one of the toughest U.S. youth curfews against criticism from residents who were skeptical about police enforcement of the new law. In a forum with residents, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the measure, set to take effect on Aug. 8, was aimed at getting children off the streets before they were put in danger. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he had sometimes come across children riding bicycles across the city at 3 a.m. When the parents were contacted, they had no idea where their children were, he said. The new curfew in Baltimore, the setting for such gritty television police dramas as "The Wire", will make it a violation for a youth under 14 to be outside their homes after 9 p.m. year-round.


PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.


Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

DETROIT (AP) ? The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.


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Action News Investigation: Major delays in Philadelphia's federal court

Action News Investigation: Major delays in Philadelphia's federal courtImagine waiting five, eight, even ten years to get justice.



Argentina talks go long as debt deadline looms

Mediator Daniel Pollack arrives for a meeting in New York, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Argentina's government says it will make another effort to make a deal with U.S. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) ? Argentina's economy minister says two sides locked in a dispute over the country's bonds have finally talked with one another on the eve of a deadline to avoid default.