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Supreme Court to decide Texas abortion law appeal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court now has on its appeal docket an abortion case that will probably decide how far conservative states may go in restricting abortion clinics. Lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an appeal Thursday to challenge a Texas law that would implement strict new health regulations that would force the closure of three-fourths of the state’s abortion facilities. A federal appeals court has twice upheld … 0

Pope’s visit to US presents security issues

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm. That day, Francis is to address world leaders at the United Nations, preside over a service at the 9/11 memorial, do … 0

Trump signs pledge to not launch 3rd-party bid if he’s not GOP nominee

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has signed a pledge not to launch an independent bid for the White House should he lose his quest for the GOP nomination. Standing in the opulent lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump said he believes the best way for a Republican to win the White House … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Sept. 4

Thursday, September 3, 2015

1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at Sacramento City College SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One person is dead and two others were taken to area hospitals after a shooting Thursday afternoon at Sacramento City College, police report. Sacramento City … 0

Students ask Education Dept. to discharge college debt

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday. Already, claims totaling … 0

Democratic support piles up for Iran deal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Now a done deal, the Iran nuclear agreement gained critical backing from three more Democratic senators Thursday, boosting White House hopes of blocking a disapproval resolution in the Senate so the president won’t have to veto … 0

Army suspends operations at labs due to anthrax probe

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens … 0

Ky. clerks to issue marriage licenses as boss is jailed

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to end the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge … 0

Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto … 0

US feeling the Bern?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sure, Bernie Sanders is electable. The senator from Vermont is enjoying a summer surge as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s doing well among Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire against party front-runner Hillary Clinton. … 0

Obama clinches clutch Iran deal vote

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland … 0

Pakistan corruption lets militants get national identification cards

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ISLAMABAD — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan’s top … 0

Migrant tempers flare as Hungary blocks trains for 2nd day

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from … 0