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Stopping the $1 Million Fossil Thieves

After the successful prosecution of Eric Prokopi, a ‘one-man black market in prehistoric fossils,’ paleontologists debate the best, legal ways to continue fossil preservation and recording.

The Terrorism Republicans Refuse to See

As the Las Vegas shootings show, right-wing extremism is real and on the rise. But for Republicans, better to focus on the Muslims.

Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.

House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of public anger over calls for looser immigration laws.

AP PHOTOS: Cantor loss adds to Congress upsets

After U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's surprising loss in the Virginia Republican primary Tuesday night to David Brat, here are some of the other major Congressional upsets that have caught observers off guard.

Cesar Chavez's grandson sues Arizona candidate for using activist's name on ballot

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A relative of celebrated Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez filed a legal challenge on Tuesday to have a man using his grandfather's name booted off the ballot in Arizona. The challenge, filed on behalf of Alejandro Chavez, alleges that the man who changed his name to Cesar Chavez from Scott Fistler should be removed from the primary election ballot for misleading voters in his bid to win a seat in the largely Hispanic seventh congressional district.     "We believe he is trying to corrupt the process," said attorney Jim Barton, who filed the legal action in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday. Fistler legally became Cesar Chavez last year, court records show. In addition to the name change, Fistler switched political parties to be able to vie in the Democratic primary to replace retiring long-time Representative Ed Pastor.

Tea Party activist who defeated Cantor focused on budget, immigration

By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tea Party Republican Dave Brat, who defeated House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary race on Tuesday, is an economics professor from a tiny Virginia college who attacked Cantor over immigration and budget issues. In ads, Brat accused the majority leader of "giving citizenship papers to illegal immigrants." Cantor has said he opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants but that Republicans could work with President Barack Obama on some border security reforms. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham also campaigned for Brat in Virginia and slammed Cantor on immigration. Brat, a professor in the economics and business department at Randolph-Macon College near Richmond, has also accused Cantor of not doing enough to fight Obama's signature healthcare initiative known as "Obamacare." Brat defeated Cantor even though the majority leader had a huge fundraising advantage.

Haiti announces legislative elections for October

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - The Haitian government announced that legislative elections will be held in October, three years behind schedule amid a slow earthquake recovery process and gargantuan logistical woes. Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Port-au-Prince Tuesday calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly and his chief of staff Laurent Lamothe, before police broke up the demonstration.

Senior Republican Cantor suffers shocking loss to Tea Party rival

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who accused Cantor of betraying conservative principles on spending, debt and immigration. The result could halt efforts to craft a House immigration reform bill, as nervous Republicans hustle to protect themselves against future challenges from the right ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections. It could also make Republicans even more hesitant to cooperate with President Barack Obama and Democrats for fear of being labeled a compromiser.

Spain lawmakers set to approve king abdication

Spanish lawmakers are set to approve Wednesday the abdication of King Juan Carlos, amid noisy protests calling for a republic, paving the way for his son Felipe to assume the scandal-hit monarchy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy predicted Tuesday that "a great majority of lawmakers" would vote in favour of a law approved by his cabinet last week allowing the 76-year-old king to step down. The bill has the backing of the ruling conservative Popular Party and the main opposition Socialists as well as the small centrist UPyD party which together have 300 seats in the 350-seat lower house of parliament. The law will also have to be approved by the Senate, Spain's upper house of parliament, which will vote on it on June 17.

Graham defeats 6 GOP challengers, avoids runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham won South Carolina's GOP primary outright on Tuesday, defeating six tea party challengers who cast him as not conservative enough for this heavily Republican state to avoid a runoff.

OITNB’s ‘Crazy Eyes’ Shares Her Story

The Nigerian-American actress is given her close-up in Season 2 of the Netflix series. Uzo Aduba on Suzanne’s transformation and her own backstory. [Warning: Some Spoilers]

Eric Cantor loses US House seat in shock upset

In a stunning defeat, number two House Republican Eric Cantor has been ousted by a conservative primary challenger, in a body blow to the Republican establishment. Majority Leader Cantor, a powerful party insider who was widely seen as a future speaker of the House, lost his Richmond, Virginia seat to Tea Party-backed insurgent David Brat, who was deemed such a longshot he barely received media airtime and was outspent by Cantor more than 25 to one.

Eric Cantor Loss Is an Earthquake

How did the No. 2 man in the House lose a primary? Chalk it up to immigration and the Tea Party. It’s one of the most shocking losses in U.S. electoral history—and it’s bad for America.

How Eric Cantor Sabotaged Himself

The No. 2 House Republican was expected to coast to victory Tuesday night—but went down in flames to largely unknown Tea Partier Dave Brat, who ran on an anti-immigration platform.

Sen. Cruz formally gives up Canadian citizenship

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Canada-born U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made good on a promise to renounce his birth country's citizenship — doing so amid speculation he could make a run at the White House in 2016.

Hearing fails to calm anger over deal to free Bergdahl

By David Alexander and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A closed-door congressional hearing on the release of Bowe Bergdahl failed to calm Republican anger on Tuesday over the administration's secretive deal to trade five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo for the U.S. prisoner of war. But a group of former soldiers defended the exchange and accused lawmakers of stoking the furor over the prisoner swap for political gain. The Pentagon said Bergdahl, an Army sergeant, was improving at the U.S. military hospital in Germany where he was being treated. A spokesman acknowledged it was "going to be a long process." A senior lawmaker confirmed reports Bergdahl had been kept in a cage while held prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan.