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Alaska climate change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves today for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming … 0

Supreme Court can resolve Ky. gay marriage license issue

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds are asking the justices to grant her … 0

When the wells run dry

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TULARE, Calif. — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. … 0

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture; UMass named lead institution in New England

Friday, August 28, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to … 0

What’s in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the … 0

Before nation’s top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message

Friday, August 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won’t be easy. While Clinton and her team speak warmly of … 0

As markets drop, question is: will the Chinese still shop?

Friday, August 28, 2015

BICESTER, England — The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. Quiet Mandarin chatter fills the air. Most of the shoppers are Chinese … 0

Nazi gold treasure train story goes from myth to expectation

Friday, August 28, 2015

For decades the whispers persisted among the factory workers and lumberjacks of southwest Poland that a Nazi train laden with plundered gold, jewels and artworks had been hidden beneath the Owl Mountains since the waning days of World War II. Legend had it that the valuables, stolen mainly … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, August 28, 2015

US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme. The market gave investors … 0

Gunman in TV killings remembered as ‘professional victim’

Friday, August 28, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.” When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along … 0

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Friday, August 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of forcible rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which … 0

Crisis, what crisis? US economy steams along

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and … 0

Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience … 0