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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wal-Mart pushing for animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products … 0

IS group purges enemies in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Friday, May 22, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days. The … 0

Suicide bomber attacks Saudi Arabian mosque; 19 dead, dozens wounded

Friday, May 22, 2015

CAIRO — A suicide bomber struck a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, reportedly killing at least 19 people, injuring dozens of others and raising the specter of sectarian violence amid the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen. The Sunni militant group Islamic State issued a … 0

Fears mount in Syria as IS expands hold

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra. The takeover also expanded the extremists’ hold, making them the … 0

N.J.’s ‘rapid rehousing’ takes on homelessness

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — Two years ago Jenaie Scott had a $20 an hour cleaning job, which was plenty to cover the rent for a modest apartment on the west side of this state’s capital city. But Scott lost … 0

Climate change lands on agenda of the PTA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

School districts in California — and perhaps nationwide — will soon feel increased pressure from parents to teach climate science in their classrooms. The California State Parent Teacher Association, which represents nearly 1 million parents and educators, adopted a resolution this month to urge schools to prioritize climate … 0

Banks fined $2.5B, to plead guilty to rigging market

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating the global currency market going back to 2007. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland conspired with one another to fix rates on U.S. dollars and euros traded … 0

N. Korea says it can mount nuclear warhead on missile

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HONG KONG — North Korea said it has developed the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, signaling the country may now have the ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States. South Korea … 0

California farmers propose water cuts to avoid bigger pinch

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. … 0

California oil spill leaves nine-mile slicks

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GOLETA, Calif. — Slicks of oil that spilled into California coastal waters from an onshore pipeline spanned a total of 9 miles Wednesday, and a company official said the line was operating at full capacity when it broke, … 0

Iran’s supreme leader bars military site inspections

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday banned a key component of a pending nuclear deal with the West: inspections of military sites by the international nuclear watchdog. “No permit will be issued for that,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei … 0

Obama: climate change a threat to national security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. ­— President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that climate change poses an “immediate risk to our national security” so significant that U.S. military forces will have to adjust how they train and operate. In a speech … 0

Indonesia, Malaysia allow stranded migrants to come ashore

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BANGKOK, Thailand — Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to allow thousands of migrants stranded at sea to come ashore, while the United Nations said it would repatriate Bangladeshis detained in three countries for entering illegally. The announcements following … 0