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FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Joyce Mitchell appears before Judge Mark Rogers in Plattsburgh, N.Y., City Court for a hearing. The New York prison worker accused of smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run will face charges in court and will be arraigned on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (G.N. Miller/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)

Prison worker pleads guilty in killers’ escape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who was “in over her head” with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility … 0

Obama delivers frank words about Africa’s problems

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing. Instead, he brought a frank message on democracy, corruption and security that could perhaps be delivered only … 0

Scientists worry about arms race in AI

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, … 0

US, Turkey differ on plans to oust IS group from border

Monday, July 27, 2015

ISTANBUL — Even as they step up military cooperation in the battle against the Islamic State, the U.S. and Turkey could agree only in general terms on the most critical issue of all — who will assure security … 0

Cosby team’s PR move may be too late

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby’s legal team is not going to take it anymore. Last week, a new public face appeared in Monique Pressley, defending the once-beloved comic performer now beleaguered by allegations of sexual assault from dozens … 0

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit Louisiana theater gunman

Monday, July 27, 2015

CARROLLTON, Ga. — The gunman responsible for last week’s deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to a hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to … 0

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked … 0

S.C. senator proposes $100M to help cops buy body cameras

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — After several violent high-profile incidents involving police and citizens in his home state and around the country, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Monday announced a $100 million proposal to help local police agencies buy body-worn cameras … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

NSA to stop using, eventually destroy American calling records WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected … 0

Planned Parenthood videos: No sign of issue fading

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two stealthily recorded videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The videos have put the group and its Democratic allies on the defensive. It’s unclear how long the political … 0

Ruling unlikely to free immigrant families from detention soon

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HOUSTON — A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children held in U.S. detention facilities should be released because their detention violates conditions of a 1997 court settlement that put restrictions on how migrant children are held. The ruling Friday was the latest blow … 0

2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump’s credibility and branding the billionaire businessman “a cancer on conservatism.” Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone … 0

Obama: Kenya at ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility … 0