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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 economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said … 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 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “There’s something in you guys that is … 0

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union. The United States Supreme Court, which two months … 0

Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HEIDENAU, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many … 0

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to … 0

Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill 2 US troops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers before being shot dead themselves, officials said. NATO offered few details about the shooting in Helmand province, which appeared to be the latest so-called … 0

Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect. The Montana Department of … 0

Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIRUT — First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn’t get its act together to find … 0

US stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 … 0

Gay, straight couples adding Justice Kennedy’s words to vows

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a … 0

Los Angeles projects $161M surplus for 2024 Olympics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles disclosed a budget Tuesday that shows the city holding a $161 million surplus after staging events from Santa Monica beaches to the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles, which hosted … 0

Man killed by deputy at Penn. courthouse after knife attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Coatesville, Pa., man arrested in March for climbing over a White House wall was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse Tuesday after he came in wielding a knife and slashed another deputy sheriff, police said. Curtis Smith, 34, of … 0

US economy is buffer against stock losses

Monday, August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Am I safe? That’s the question many Americans asked Monday amid a wild roller coaster ride on the stock market. The answer may still be at least a few days off. The Dow Jones industrial average was off more than 1,000 points at Monday’s turbulent open, … 0