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A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11, 2012 near Laporte, Colorado.

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A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11, 2012 near Laporte, Colorado.

Neptune Withdraws Contract Protest for Firefighting Air Tankers

Neptune Aviation Services has withdrawn its protest of a U.S. Forest Service contract, allowing the agency to purchase seven air tankers, according to Mike Saccone, spokesman for Sen. Mark Udall. The contract is valued at about $60 million over five years. Udall, a Colorado...

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A reflection of the Department of Homeland Security logo on the glasses of a cyber security analyst.

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A reflection of the Department of Homeland Security logo on the glasses of a cyber security analyst.

NSA Surveillance: Assange, Gore, Clapper Collide

Reaction to the government’s sweeping surveillance of the private communications of millions of Americans is, well, all over the map. Look at Alec Baldwin, the actor and often outspoken critic of government excess during President George W. Bush’s reign: “I...

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A home under construction in Glenelg, Maryland, on May 30, 2013.

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A home under construction in Glenelg, Maryland, on May 30, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 24%

That’s the share of Americans who have a positive feeling about the national economy, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended June 2. While more than three-fourths of respondents said the economy was either “not so...

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Rep. Rush Holt speaks to supporters in Princeton Borough, N.J., in this 2010 file photo.

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Rep. Rush Holt speaks to supporters in Princeton Borough, N.J., in this 2010 file photo.

Who is Rush Holt? Jeopardy Champ Hopes Answer is Senator

If brains translated to votes, Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey might just win the special U.S. Senate election in a runaway. Holt, a 64-year-old Democrat who announced his candidacy today, is a Ph.D physicist seeking to enter a legislative...

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Marjorie Merriweather Post, left, with guest at Hillwood garden party, ca. 1960s.

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Marjorie Merriweather Post, left, with guest at Hillwood garden party, ca. 1960s.

Washington Scene: Post Heiress’ Estate on Exhibit

Marjorie Merriweather Post, once the richest woman in the U.S., inspected her tables twice before a dinner party: in the morning, to check on her Russian Imperial porcelain, and right before guests arrived. Footmen stood behind each chair throughout the...

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Job seeker Percy Chang, right, fills out paperwork at a Long Island job fair on May 2, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.

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Job seeker Percy Chang, right, fills out paperwork at a Long Island job fair on May 2, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.

Unemployment Eases with Fewer Jobs

The U.S. will need to add fewer jobs each month to reduce unemployment, a Chicago Federal Reserve study found. And the change is all about demographics. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found that as aging baby boomers...

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Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine star as Spock and Kirk in Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek Into Darkness" in this handout photo taken on Jan. 12, 2012.

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Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine star as Spock and Kirk in Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek Into Darkness" in this handout photo taken on Jan. 12, 2012.

‘Mr. Spock’ (IRS) Apologizes: Conference Does Not Compute

The Internal Revenue Service executive who portrayed Spock in the agency’s Star Trek video parody apologized to lawmakers  today for inappropriate spending on a $4.1 million conference in 2010. The videos “at the time they were made, were an attempt...

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

Google Searches for More Washington Influence: 88% Investment Boost

Google Inc. is trying to be as ubiquitous in Washington as it is online. The Internet search engine increased its lobbying budget last year more than any of the 30 largest U.S. publicly traded companies, a new report by Bloomberg...

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