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UAE loses 45 troops in Yemen combat

SANAA, Yemen — Forty-five troops from the United Arab Emirates were killed in Yemen while taking part in Saudi-led operations against Shiite rebels, the Gulf nation said Friday, in the deadliest day for its military in its 44-year history. The UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the troops were killed when […]

Clinton: Use of private server wasn’t her ‘best choice’

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn’t the “best choice” and acknowledged she didn’t “stop and think” about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state in 2009. The Democratic presidential front-runner said in an interview with NBC News […]

Thousands of young offenders moving from jails to Rikers

NEW YORK — More than 1,000 hard-to-manage inmates ages 18 to 21 will be moved to a single Rikers Island facility by the end of the year and will be required to take hours of classes, receive counseling and be exempt from solitary confinement. The plan, to be detailed publicly before the jail oversight board […]

Manhunt could subdue holiday plans

FOX LAKE, Ill. — The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an Illinois police officer threatened Thursday to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state’s most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O’ Lakes. The region normally draws tens of thousands of visitors […]

Trump makes pledge to RNC, rival candidates

NEW YORK — Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination — a U-turn made easier by his position at the front of the field. The decision follows weeks of behind-the-scenes efforts by […]

Katrina-scattered families rebuild separately, together

HOUSTON — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington’s modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids’ shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven. It was that way back in her native New Orleans, too […]

Teacher, late to school 111 times, was ‘eating breakfast’

TRENTON, N.J. — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold […]

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Clinton to Biden: Challenging for White House won’t be easy

MINNEAPOLIS — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won’t be easy. While Clinton and her team speak warmly of Biden in public, they have taken steps to make clear how they’ve taken control of the party’s […]

On-air rampage difficult to predict, experts say

ROANOKE, Va. — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II never quite crossed the line from being just another angry guy to doing something that would have prevented him from buying the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been […]

UN Secretary ‘horrified’ by deaths in Vienna

VIENNA — Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea so […]

Poll: The ‘LOL’ generation most irked by poor spelling, grammar

NEW YORK — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating […]

Former prep student guilty on lesser charges in rape case

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men […]

Bush returns to New Orleans for Katrina anniversary

NEW ORLEANS — Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago. Bush avoided parts of New Orleans that have yet to recover from the devastating storm, such as the Lower 9th Ward, where […]

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