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Cheating hearts... Oil falls below $40/barrel... President Obama declares emergency in Washington state

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 11:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access the cheating website Ashley Madison. The list includes at least two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information technology administrator at the White House, a Justice Department investigator, a division chief, and a government hacker and counterterrorism employee at Homeland Security.

NEW YORK (AP) — A barrel of U.S. crude has fallen below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis. It's just the latest indicator of a vast shift in the energy landscape. Oil prices have been falling solidly for eight consecutive weeks. The U.S. is churning out oil at an unprecedented pace, adding to the supply from energy powerhouses like Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration authorizing federal help for the massive wildfires burning out of control in Washington state. Obama declared an emergency and authorized the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have been looking into reports that Islamic State militants used the chemical weapon mustard gas in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq. A senior U.S. military officer says preliminary tests show traces of the chemical agent sulfur mustard on IS mortars. Final tests are underway to learn the full make-up of chemicals on the fragments.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — The first female soldiers to complete the Army's rigorous Ranger School have capped a history-making week. First Lt. Shaye Haver (shay HAY'-vur) and Capt. Kristen Griest (gryst) pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia. While Haver and Griest are now Ranger-qualified, no women are currently eligible for the elite 75th Ranger Regiment.

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