Security clearance backlog leads to risky interim passes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government backlog of 700,000 security clearance reviews has led agencies like the Defense Department to inadvertently issue interim passes to criminals — even rapists and killers — fueling calls for better and faster vetting of people with access to the nation's secrets.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Electric cars, small SUVs dominate buzz at Frankfurt show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years.

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  • Written by By DAVID McHUGH , Associated Press

Unhappy moderate House Republicans complicate 2018 for GOP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack them, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER and THOMAS BEAUMONT , Associated Press

Child heart patients treated for rare surgical infection

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least a dozen children who underwent cardiac surgery at Children's Hospital in New Orleans this summer have contracted a rare surgical-site infection caused by bacteria.


US marks 9/11 anniversary with resolve, tears and hope


NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 on Monday with tear-streaked tributes, a presidential warning to terrorists and appeals from victims' relatives for unity and hope 16 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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  • Written by By JENNIFER PELTZ and KAREN MATTHEWS , Associated Press