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Justice Department Will Pursue Federal Hate Crime Charges in Kansas Shooting

Federal prosecutors will file hate crime charges against a former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people Sunday outside a Jewish community center and a retirement complex near Kansas City, authorities said Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Auroroa, Mo., was arrested Sunday on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

Obama Urges Putin to Defuse Russian Separatism in Ukraine

President Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Monday to compel pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to lay down their arms and surrender buildings they have seized in 10 cities. Seeking yet again to calm the situation a day after a Russian jet fighter buzzed a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, Mr. Obama "reiterated the importance of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine's border in order to defuse tensions," the White House said.

Mother Recounts Loss of Son in Kansas Shootings

With remarkable poise, the mother of the 14-year-old boy killed alongside his grandfather near a Jewish community center in Kansas City's suburbs gave a heart-wrenching account Monday of her loss just 24 hours earlier. Mindy Corporon told reporters she got to hear her son, Reat Griffin Underwood, sing two musical numbers he planned to perform at an audition at the community center in Overland Park, Kan.

Feeling Taxed Today? How About a Prayer to St. Matthew?

Praying for an filing extention on your income taxes? Well, St. Matthew - the tax collector-turned-apostle of Jesus - might lend an ear. After all, he is the patron saint of accountants.

Capitals Pack Up and Go, but Team's Future Direction Remains Unclear

The season is over, but the direction that the Capitals' offseason takes is still in limbo after players packed up their equipment at Kettler Iceplex on Monday morning. Washington general manager George McPhee, who has held his position for 17 years, met with owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick on Monday, but declined to speak with reporters. McPhee's contract ends this year and his club finished 38-30-14 with 90 points and missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Harris: Bad Luck or Bigger Omen, Early Returns for Nationals Are Troubling

Boston had its Curse of the Bambino, caused by trading Babe Ruth. It is clearly a dead curse now since the Red Sox have won three World Series championships since 2004. They went 86 years without one before that. Shouldn't have traded the Bambino. I'm convinced the Wizards are cursed by a draft pick made under their previous name of the Bullets. They chose Kenny Green over Karl Malone in 1985. The Curse of the Mailman.

Capitals Notes: Team Doesn't Have Many Roster Decisions to Make

The Capitals have limited roster decisions to make this offseason. There are no restricted free agents on the roster and only three players will be unrestricted free agents - winger Dustin Penner, center Mikhail Grabovski and goalie Jaroslav Halak. Grabovski, who was signed last summer to be the team's second- line center, missed 24 games with an ankle injury sustained on Jan. 24 and was never the same. He was not available to speak with reporters, but will do so on Tuesday.

Imf Gives U.S. Congress Year-End Deadline for Passing Reforms

The 188 members of the International Monetary Fund over the weekend gave the U.S. Congress until the end of the year to pass reforms giving large emerging countries like Russia and China a greater say in the Bretton Woods Institution, after which the global financial body may make plans to reform the IMF without waiting for Washington. A communique from the IMF's finance committee urged Congress to use the coming months to enact the reforms, which would also double the IMF's permanent lending...

Gisele Bundchen Complains Forbes Rich List Puts Her in Irs Crosshairs

Gisele Bundchen is accusing the IRS of auditing her just because Forbes said she earned $42 million between June 2012 and June 2013 - a figure which puts her at the top of the publication's wealthy list for models for the seventh year in a row. But Ms. Bundchen, the higher-earning half of her marriage to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, said that $42 million figure is off.

Paying a Debt to Plain Language

Sometimes the smartest among us should just shut up, and watch his language. Nobody gets the opportunity now, if he ever did, to take something back, to explain "context" or "clarify" what he was trying to say. It's all on somebody's tape. The language of the street is plain English, but never "nuance." Nuance is for nerds and neophytes.

More Boston Bomber Types Lurk, Officials Warn

The Boston Marathon bombings last year put a new face on terrorism: that of young, U.S.-raised misfits in search of a cause for which they can kill and die thousands of miles away from hotbeds of Islamic radicalism. Feeling disenfranchised and alone, these youths often seek community online, placing themselves into a guerrilla's mindset by consuming information on specific movements and gradually becoming self-radicalized, counterterrorism researchers say. Al Qaeda, becoming increasingly diff...

Hhs Nominee Got $1.2m at 'Zero' Salary Job at Wal-Mart

During her brief but lucrative stint as president of Wal-Mart's charitable foundation in 2012, Sylvia Matthews Burwell received at least $750,000 in bonuses from an organization that doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions but keeps a tight lid on its own compensation practices, records show. Ms. Burwell spent a little more than a year running Wal-Mart's foundation before President Obama tapped her to be his budget chief last year - and then last week asked her to take over...

U.S. Losing Out to China in Africa, Liberian Official Says

The U.S. is missing out on a lucrative opportunity to invest in an expanding African market, even as China steadily grows its economic footprint across the continent, one of Liberia's top economic officials warned in an interview. "What we want is for the American people to understand that they are losing an opportunity here for tapping into the investment that the emerging markets in Africa present," Finance Minister Amara Konneh said Friday.

Inside the Beltway: Lawmakers Watch Over the a-10

The reliable, maneuverable, and yes, quite fabulous A-10 Thunderbolt has protected many in its close-air support role since it was introduced in 1975. Now the formidable Air Force gunship is getting a little protection of its own on Capitol Hill. Behold, now in flight, it's the unofficial A-10 Caucus, composed of squadron of Republicans and a single Democrat. "There is a group - small, so far - that opposes an Air Force plan to retire its aging A-10 attack planes later this decade to help its...

U.S. Fears Afghan Services May Be Cut As Corruption Sharply Reduces Customs Taxes

U.S. officials are deeply concerned that corruption is reducing Afghanistan's collection of customs taxes by as much as half, shorting the country's primary source of revenue and raising concerns that the government may need to cut critical services in order to close budget shortfalls. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has raised warning flags to officials in Washington that the revenue problems are surfacing at an inopportune time, threatening renewed instability just as U.S. troops pull out of the ...

Medicaid Work Sent Overseas in 11 States

Eleven states ship some of their Medicaid administrative work to foreign countries, including nine that have no specific protections in law to make sure private health information isn't sent overseas, according to an inspector general's audit released Monday that raises potentially thorny questions about the policy. The Health and Human Services inspector general said it's not illegal to use foreign contractors on some Medicaid work, and the inspector general didn't report any evidence that p...

Wal-Mart Apologizes for 'Mistake' On Signs That Appeared to Treat Spanish-Speakers Differently

Speedy checkouts at a D.C. Wal-Mart allowed English-speakers to carry more items through the express lanes than those who speak Spanish. At least that's the way it appeared for a little while Monday.

Defiant Reid Vows Bundy Ranch Confrontation 'Not Over'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid weighed in Monday on the Nevada ranch standoff, warning that even though federal agents retreated over the weekend, "it's not over." Mr. Reid's remarks appeared to be his first public comments since Bureau of Land Management agents touched off a confrontation with demonstrators last week by seizing cattle from the Bundy family ranch in a dispute over grazing fees. The agency, which says Cliven Bundy owes more than $1 million in unpaid fees, backed off Saturda...

Simmons: Food Police Are Leaving Your School Kids Unfed

Brandon had a simple question for school authorities: "Every day, I pick my boy up from school and he says he's hungry. What are you feeding these kids at school?" A D.C. father of a first-grader, Brandon, like parents everywhere, doesn't know this, but every school day authorities are trashing the food choices made in Washington by bureaucrats (and first lady Michelle Obama).

Usda Bans All Junk Food Sales at Schools Around the Nation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued new rules that pretty much ban schools from offering students the chance to buy any type of junk food at all - even in the vending machines that are on campus but operated by independent companies. The regulations, which kick in this July, say vending machines are only allowed to sell fruit, dairy products, whole-grain foods, lean-protein products or vegetable items that are less than 200 calories for "snacks" and 350 calories for "entrees," Breit...

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