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Surveillance, crackdown causes sources to clam up

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. It’s becoming impossible to ensure privacy for sources and clients by protecting their information, the report found. Government officials not only are … 0

Israeli PM warns of prolonged Gaza war

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What is coming will be … 0

Jail time for play time?

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out? Harrell’s answer to that question got her arrested. She … 0

Tentative deal reached on VA reform

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. … 0

Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half … 0

House votes to boost child tax credit for wealthy but poor will lose

Friday, July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income … 0

Grocery workers revolt in favor of ousted CEO

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. … 0

US: Russia is firing across border

Friday, July 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of … 0

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICAGO — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort … 0

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Friday, July 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon … 0

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

Friday, July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He emphasized to … 0

Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo

Friday, July 25, 2014

With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country … 0

Investigators converge on remote crash site

Friday, July 25, 2014

PARIS — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and … 0