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Honoring cops, Obama says US owes police a debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States owes a debt to the police officers who put themselves in danger to protect the nation, President Barack Obama said Monday as he honored the nation's top police officers at the White House.

Will the U.S. patent bill regain its momentum?

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After flying through the U.S. House of Representatives and winning the support of an influential senator, closely watched legislation aimed at reducing frivolous patent litigation appears to have stalled, at least for now. Since at least early April, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been crafting an amendment aimed at reining in \"patent assertion entities,\" or PAEs, companies that critics say use weak patents to file unwarranted infringement lawsuits. The White House has asked for legislation to combat patent trolls, as the PAEs are sometimes called. Leahy's legislation, introduced last November, has bogged down over two provisions that would affect how infringement lawsuits are written and when document demands, or discovery, would begin.

US flying 'manned' missions to track down Nigeria girls

Washington (AFP) - The United States is flying "manned" intelligence missions over Nigeria with the government's permission to try to track down more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, a senior US official said Monday.

Kerry to testify on alternative date on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department and a House panel are working on an alternative date for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about information related to the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, ending the immediate threat of a subpoena for a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

U.S. senator moves to slow approval of Fed nominees

U.S. Senator Rand Paul threatened on Monday to slow the approval of three Federal Reserve nominees unless the Senate agrees to vote on the Republican's bill to open monetary policy decisions to congressional audit. If Paul puts a \"hold\" on the nominees, it would require the Senate to first vote to limit debate and then to vote on final approval. Republicans regularly force the Democrats who control the chamber to hold two votes on nominees. Given that the nominees - Stanley Fischer, Lael Brainard and Jerome Powell - received unanimous and bipartisan support in the Senate Banking Committee, their eventual approval seems certain.

Geithner's memoir blasts Kirk's comments in China

CHICAGO (AP) — In his new memoir out Monday, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner blasts U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois for "delusional" comments he allegedly made to Chinese officials about U.S. debt while a congressman in 2009.

US appeals order to release details on CIA prisons

The United States has appealed an order from a military judge at the US jail in Guantanamo that they turn over information on secret CIA interrogation centers. In a 26-page document dated April 23 but only just declassified, top military prosecutor Mark Martins asked the judge to re-evaluate his order from April 14. In that decision, Army Colonel James Pohl ordered the government to turn over to the defense information on where accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd Rahim al-Nashiri was held between his capture and his arrival at Guantanamo Bay. The Saudi suspect, who faces the death penalty over the USS Cole attack and the 2002 attack on French oil tanker, the MV Limburg, endured harsh interrogation techniques between his 2002 arrest and his transfer to Guantanamo in September 2006.