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IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

IRSThieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.

The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS.

The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.

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Federal Court Refuses To Lift Hold On Obama's Immigration Executive Action

ObamaA federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation.

The U.S. Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a Texas judge who agreed to temporarily block the president's plan in February, after 26 states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama's action was unconstitutional. But two out of three judges on a court panel voted to deny the government's request.

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German court set to hear testimony from family of Yemeni drone victim

drone victim testifiesA German court is set to hear testimony on Wednesday from the family of two Yemeni civilian drone strike victims, in a trial that could set a precedent for international governments participating in the United States’ global "war on terrorism."

Faisal bin Ali Jaber's brother-in-law Salim bin Ali Jaber, 43, an imam who had preached against Al-Qaeda, and his nephew, Walid bin Ali Jaber, 26, were killed along with three alleged Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen’s southeast on Aug. 29, 2012. At the time, Bin Ali Jaber’s family members were reportedly trying to convince the armed fighters to abandon militancy.

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At least 108 people shot over three days in Chicago, Baltimore and New York

108 people shot over weekendAt least 108 people were shot across three of America’s most crime-plagued cities during the holiday weekend, as violent new highs from a nationwide gun epidemic intersected with outcries over police violence in Chicago, Baltimore and New York.

Chicago, which tends to see a dramatic annual increase in firearm-related homicides beginning with warm weather at the Memorial Day holiday, experienced the worst violence. At least 56 people, including a four-year-old girl and three teenagers, were shot between Friday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Twelve people were killed over the three-day weekend, twice as many as during the same period last year.

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Supreme Court will consider redefining 'one-person, one-vote' principle

One man one voteThe Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether state legislative districts must have roughly equal numbers of legal voters rather than overall populations.

The case was filed by voters in Texas who claim their ballots carry less weight than those of voters whose state Senate districts include large numbers of illegal immigrants.

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50,000 Americans Rush Into Cuba

Americans rush to CubaThe thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family ties to Cuba who visited between Jan. 1 and May 9 of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press by a University of Havana professor.

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Historic flooding hits Houston as storm system moves on; 7 states affected

Storms hit texasA storm system has triggered flash-flood watches and warnings across seven states Tuesday, and brought historic flooding to Houston.

Up to eight inches of rain fell on Houston in less than 24 hours, according to the city's emergency management coordinator, Rick Flanagan. More than 80,000 people were without power and schools were closed.

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Gloria Steinem: Peace walk broke through 'artificial barriers' in North Korea

Gloria Stenem A international group of women's activists led by feminist icon Gloria Steinem crossed the Korean demilitarized zone on Sunday.

The "WomenCrossDMZ" peace campaigners had "accomplished what no one said could be done...to be citizen diplomats," Steinem said during a press conference after reaching the South Korean side.

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Prison psychologist to take over Chicago's jail

Chicago prisonA prison psychologist will take the reins of Chicago’s Cook County Jail on Tuesday with a mandate to help reduce the number of mentally ill inmates who find themselves behind bars because of non-violent criminal behavior. It is the first appointment of a psychologist as a jail director anywhere in the United States, county officials say.

Nneka Jones Tapia’s appointment as executive director comes as Cook County and Illinois are experiencing deep cuts to mental health services. The first round of cuts came in 2012 under Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who closed six of the city's free mental health clinics.

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