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A police officer directs a vehicle to turn away at the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. Earlier, a firefight erupted when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a gate, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

1 dead after car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital. Details remained unclear … 0

Supreme Court questions North Carolina sex offender law

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an unsigned and unanimous decision that could rattle a number of states, the court rejected North Carolina’s arguments and concluded the ankle-bracelet monitoring program amounts to a search. The decision means convicted felons like Torrey Dale Grady can now challenge the … 0

Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage, report says

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the … 0

Yemen’s Aden a key battleground in conflict

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Yemen’s city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country’s president and Shiite rebels and their … 0

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides … 0

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

Friday, March 27, 2015

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. Thousands … 0

Clinton tells House panel she wiped her email server clean

Friday, March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee on Friday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman … 0

State and Nation Briefs

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mass. gov. asks for snow disaster declaration BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and … 0

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PARIS — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. … 0

Crisis in Yemen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The collapse of Yemen’s government in the face of a rebel offensive leaves Saudi Arabia with no easy way of fulfilling a pledge to stand by its ally. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab … 0

Indiana HIV outbreak

Thursday, March 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps Thursday to help contain the spread of HIV in a county tied to 79 new infections since January, all of them linked to intravenous … 0

US engagement in Mideast conflicts may complicate Iran nuclear talks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. air assault in Iraq and American support for the Gulf Arab states’ attacks in Yemen are threatening to upend Washington’s difficult relationship with Iran at an especially difficult moment. With a deal to limit Iran’s controversial nuclear program possibly in view, Tehran’s cooperation is essential to … 0

Study: Antarctic ice melting 70% faster in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, … 0