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Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

Monday, March 30, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president. The move to block ports appeared aimed at preventing the rebels, known as Houthis, from rearming, and comes after the coalition achieved full … 0

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for tech jobs

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABINGTON, Pa. — Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cybersecurity jobs. Speaking to students at his former suburban Philadelphia high school, Carter said the military could … 0

Deadline for Iran nuke talks looms

Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. Iran’s potential movement on enrichment reflected the intense pressure to close … 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

Navy jets with extra fuel can’t be launched off new US carrier

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s top warplanes can’t be launched off its newest aircraft carrier if they’re carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their flight range because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear. Military weapons testers … 0

Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editor’s note: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island and five other … 0

Report: France jet audio shows pilot was locked out of cockpit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a … 0

‘Vote-a-rama’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senators from Kansas and Missouri are preparing to pull a possible all-nighter today to vote on dozens of budget amendments ranging from a call to arm Ukrainian troops against the Russians, to a bid to cover … 0

Supreme Court divided over EPA’s powers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Some environmental protections could face a hazier future after a Supreme Court argument Wednesday in an important clean-air case that’s already divided states and leading energy companies. Justices, too, appear split over whether the Environmental Protection … 0

Feds outline proposal for payday loan rules

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators today will outline a proposal to place limits on high-interest, short-term loans — the first step in the government’s efforts to curb payday debt traps. The long-awaited rules drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would cover payday loans, vehicle title loans and high-cost … 0

Doctor shortage

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Weary mothers with toddlers, weathered laborers and elderly folks hunched over walkers all jostled for position, filling almost every available seat in the nondescript waiting room at the Erie Family Health Center in West Town. It … 0