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‘1 person, 1 vote’ districting method challenged

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — For 50 years the “one person, one vote” principle has been used to try to equally distribute political power by counting all people in states and cities, and then putting them into election districts of roughly the same size. But the mathematics of power may be about to change in a way that could shift political clout away from the fast-growing Latino communities in states such as California, … 0

Charter announces $55B Time Warner Cable buy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and Internet giant. The deal comes a month … 0

Texas man charged with helping friend join IS group

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A 20-year-old Texas man was arrested Tuesday and charged with helping a friend travel overseas, where he successfully joined Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a criminal complaint. After helping with his friend’s trip, Asher Abid Khan traveled to Turkey to join the fight, but was tricked into returning to the U.S. when his family told him his mother had become seriously … 0

Nation and world briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

US to search for boat people BANGKOK — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia’s west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols … 0

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to … 0

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from some of her fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while … 0

Charges in fatal derailment could be hard to pursue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, remains the focus of an inquiry by federal transportation safety investigators. But a second probe could prove more personally devastating: … 0

National/World Briefs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Obama’s fast-track trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday. The 62-38 vote … 0

Officers indicted in Gray death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about … 0

Ray Rice domestic violence case dismissed

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A domestic violence charge against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been dismissed following his completion of a pretrial intervention program. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio told ABC News in an email Thursday that … 0

Days after Waco, S.C. braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. — Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with heavy security. Locals say there are … 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