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In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a reporter during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Lawmakers return to Washington for an end-of-session sprint to avert a government shutdown, finally pass a long-term highway funding bill, and clear away unfinished business like renewing tax breaks for individuals and business. The new two or three weeks will be a big test for new Speaker Paul Ryan, who has to balance the demands of conservatives with the need to get Obama to sign must-do bills.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

Monday, November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP’s tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates. There are less than two weeks until a deadline to pass a $1.1 trillion … 0

High court’s election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases

Monday, November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s lineup of new cases is fit for an election year. Affirmative action, abortion and another look at the Obama health care law all are before the court, and they could well be joined by immigration, giving the justices a run of cases that reads like a campaign platform. … 0

‘Let’s take action today’

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our … 0

Heated exchanges over claim of a link between global warming and terrorism

Monday, November 30, 2015

As world leaders convene in Paris this week to confront the long-term threat of global warming, the fact that their talks are taking place in a city still recovering from a deadly terrorist attack has amped up a long-running debate about how much climate change contributes to extremist … 0

Desolation of smog: In Beijing, a potent reminder of China’s role in climate talks

Monday, November 30, 2015

BEIJING — A day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Paris for the United Nations climate conference, his country’s capital was smothered Monday with some of its worst smog of the year. Levels of tiny particulates — … 0

Francis visits African mosque in war zone

Monday, November 30, 2015

JOHANNESBURG — The final hours of Pope Francis’ African tour might well have been most dangerous moments of his papacy, as he visited a volatile Muslim neighborhood in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, followed by an open … 0

Giving and getting grief

Monday, November 30, 2015

To give is to gain a heap of grief if you’re a mega-rich donor these days. In recent months, a hedge fund billionaire was denounced for his $400 million gift to the already wealthy Harvard University, David Geffen … 0

Fantasy sports companies weigh leaving US market — for now

Monday, November 30, 2015

BOSTON — Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back. As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are … 0

Emails give behind-the-scenes glimpse of Clinton

Monday, November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — She worries about being excluded from meetings. She looks forward to a few days away from the office to catch up on sleep and her favorite TV shows, “The Good Wife” and “Parks and Recreation.” She’s … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Loner will be charged with murder in Colorado clinic attack COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man accused of a deadly shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told Monday that he will be charged … 0

Trump says black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some … 0

Police shooting cited in U of Chicago threat

Monday, November 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, … 0

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

Sunday, November 29, 2015

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Flanked by Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets and machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers, Pope Francis plunged Sunday into conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urged the country’s Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons … 0