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President Barack Obama addresses House Democrats, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool)

Obama’s proposed Pentagon budget exposes familiar GOP divide

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to the “sequester” cuts in 2011, neither really thought they would happen. The cuts were considered so terrible that they would force the parties to broker a compromise. The deal included $1 trillion of deep reductions over a decade, slashing across almost every aspect of government. In fact, the cuts took effect after all when lawmakers failed to reach a deal. Now undoing them is proving just as daunting. Obama’s proposal Thursday to reverse the next phase of cuts for fiscal 2016 landed with a thud at the Republican-controlled Congress. As much as the GOP’s defense … 0

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies “anonymized” the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of MIT, … 0

Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HONOLULU — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii’s corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried they might die. Now the Hawaii … 0

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

Monday, January 26, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling, of O’Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third … 0

Islamic State nearly out of Kobani

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into … 0

IS spokesman calls for more attacks in West

Monday, January 26, 2015

BEIRUT — The spokesman for the Islamic State group is calling on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to “shed a drop of blood” should do so. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, in an audio recording released Monday, praised … 0

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country

Monday, January 26, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll. At … 0

Cuba’s secret net

Monday, January 26, 2015

HAVANA — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica … 0

Spain: Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people

Monday, January 26, 2015

MADRID — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain’s Defense Ministry said. Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a … 0

S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

Monday, January 26, 2015

LONDON — Standard & Poor’s rating agency has downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency … 0

Man tells police drone crash at White House was accidental

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds. A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports … 0

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 … 0

Fertilizer from above

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers … 0