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A man comforts the wife, right, of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Jordan on Wednesday offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan offers swap to Islamic State to save pilot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. Meeting the Islamic State’s demand for the release of a would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida would run counter to the kingdom’s hard-line … 0

Keystone XL pipeline fact check

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously … 0

Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five … 0

Youth concussion laws lack bite

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a … 0

‘We can’t rewrite history, but we can right history’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty-four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they … 0

After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEW YORK — For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system’s best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths … 0

Smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of … 0

AG nominee Lynch defends Obama immigration changes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country … 0

Pipeline not state-inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn’t inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the … 0

Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday. Because … 0

Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for “money and power,” according … 0

1 in 5 kids on food stamps

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on … 0

White House drops plan to scale back college savings benefits

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week … 0