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Fighting between Turkey and Kurds escalate amid NATO unease

ISTANBUL — Fighting between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels escalated Tuesday amid signs of unease from NATO allies attending an emergency meeting about Turkey’s conflicts with the Islamic State group and the Kurds. On a violent day, Turkish fighter jets pounded rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK after soldiers were fired on with […]

Iran lawmakers said to need ‘at least’ 60 days for nuke deal

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament will need “at least” 60 days to review a proposed final deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program, a prominent lawmaker said Tuesday, giving legislators in the Islamic Republic about the same time as the U.S. Congress to examine the proposal. But while hard-liners in Iran’s parliament could […]

Israeli premier’s household spending facing criminal probe

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister faced a new scandal Tuesday after the attorney general ordered a criminal investigation into excessive spending at his residences. While the investigation shows no sign of threatening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power, it nonetheless gave him a new headache at a time of growing international isolation and domestic […]

Bombing shows Turkey a vulnerable target for Islamic State

ISTANBUL — Officials have raised concerns that a deadly bombing in southeastern Turkey is part of a campaign of retaliation by the Islamic State group for a recent crackdown on its operations in the country. If they are right, Turkey would be a particularly vulnerable target for the extremists. The country shares a 1,250-kilometer (775-mile) […]

Nigerian leader: Forces ready soon to take on Boko Haram

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday a multinational African force will be in place within 10 days to take the fight to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands and was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls. Buhari predicted in an interview with The Associated Press that Boko Haram would be […]

Lawyers in theater shooting trial make final appeals to jury

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes was legally sane when he entered a packed movie theater armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, intent on killing as many people as he could, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday in closing arguments at the gunman’s trial. “That guy was sane beyond a reasonable doubt, and […]

Taiwan pledges $1M to help build Eisenhower Memorial in DC

WASHINGTON — Taiwan is pledging $1 million to help build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington as the project organizers begin a fundraising campaign to complete the monument. The gift being announced Tuesday marks a critical phase for the Eisenhower Memorial after 15 years of planning. Organizers must determine whether they can […]

Study: Early clue to why some children may have reading woes

WASHINGTON — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read — and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it’s noisy. Scientists are looking for ways to tell, as young as possible, when children are at risk for later learning difficulties so they can […]

Teen in good spirits after surviving mountain plane crash

SEATTLE — With her step-grandparents dead or dying in the burning wreckage of their small plane, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch needed to somehow find her way off the remote, thickly forested Washington state mountainside where they crashed Saturday afternoon. Bruised by the impact, singed by the fire, fearing an explosion and knowing she couldn’t help the […]

Pluto up close: Spacecraft achieves flyby, then calls home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft got humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home. Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby and, after a day of both jubilation and tension, allowed the New […]

Family: Settlement isn’t victory in NY police chokehold case

NEW YORK — The relatives of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a white police officer’s chokehold said Tuesday that the nearly $6 million settlement they reached with the city wasn’t a victory as they continued pressing for federal civil rights charges. “The victory will come when we get justice,” Eric […]

Thousands evacuated as typhoon bears down on China

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of people, canceled scores of trains and flights and shuttered seaside resorts as a super-typhoon with wind gusts up to 125 mph heads toward the southeastern coast. China’s national weather service said super Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to make landfall by early Saturday at the eastern […]

Frustrations mounting as Iran nuke talks stall

VIENNA — The Iran nuclear talks shifted Friday to a blame game, as Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States of shifting its demands and dismissed a warning that the U.S. was ready to quit the negotiations. Hours after his comments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met again with U.S. Secretary of State John […]

Greek seniors could see pension cuts

ATHENS, Greece — When Greece imposed cash withdrawal limits, pensioner Roza Alverti stopped paying her utility bills and focused on putting food on the table for her two grown and unemployed grandchildren, who live in her spotless one-bedroom apartment with a sliver of a view of the Acropolis about 6 kilometers (4 miles) away. But […]

Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over “political philosophy,” the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues. Obama spoke following an Oval Office meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party. Trong is the de facto leader of […]

Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS

WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants. “That is a small class,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This is […]

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. Iran’s failure to comply would […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

After Charleston, South revisits its many Confederate images

ATLANTA — Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals. The startling movement, driven by the killing of nine black churchgoers in an apparent racist attack in Charleston, South Carolina, has made […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Federal agencies are wide open to hackers, cyberspies

WASHINGTON — Passwords written down on desks. Outdated anti-virus software. “Perceived ineptitude” in information technology departments. The federal government, which holds secrets and sensitive information ranging from nuclear blueprints to the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans, has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

US won’t threaten to prosecute hostages’ families for ransom

WASHINGTON — Softening longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution. The shift comes as part of a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines that will be released Wednesday. President Barack Obama ordered the review […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

SC lawmakers agree to debate removing Confederate flag

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina lawmakers took their first step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from their Statehouse grounds Tuesday as protesters outside demanded the flag come down in response to the hate-crime killings of nine people inside their historic black church. South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas described the killings a “terrorizing […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Searchers buoyed by fresh DNA comb woods for escaped inmates

BELLMONT, N.Y. — Hundreds of searchers spurred on by fresh evidence methodically combed through heavy woods in far northern New York on Tuesday hoping to finally close in on two elusive murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. Authorities began committing heavy resources to the remote woods days ago after […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses

CHICAGO — Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Trump elbows into 2016 race

NEW YORK — The Donald is running for president — for real this time. Real-estate mogul and reality-television star Donald Trump, who has brazenly flirted with running for office before but never followed through, announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Trump entered the race in a bombastic spectacle befitting a […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Cool, rainy weather hinders hunt for loose killers on Day 11

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Search teams hindered by cool, rainy weather combed through woods for an 11th day trying to track down two escaped murderers on Tuesday as one official raised doubts the escapees relied solely on a now-jailed prison worker to help them get away after their breakout. More than 800 law enforcement officers who […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’

NEW YORK — The NAACP chapter president who resigned after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and she “takes exception” to the contention she tried to deceive people. Rachel Dolezal said on NBC’s “Today” show that […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Texas communities brace for another round of heavy rainfall

DALLAS — The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall Tuesday along the state’s Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was centered early Tuesday afternoon on Matagorda Island, Texas, and moving northwest. […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter never revealed murderous plan

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater said Tuesday that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans. Dr. Lynne Fenton testified that Holmes acknowledged he was having homicidal thoughts as often as three or four times a day […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Records: Man shot near base reported ‘spy devices’ at home

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — The armed man who was shot and critically wounded while trying to get into Little Rock Air Force Base had suffered financial problems and hallucinations, and believed “spy devices” were planted at his home by base officials, according to documents released Tuesday. Investigators said it’s unclear why Larry McElroy drove his SUV […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

San Francisco holds off on plan to limit vacation rentals

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares on Tuesday, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move the discussion to next month was approved 7-4. Current city law, in […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,
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