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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

House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space … 0

Motorcycle club culture alive, even thriving

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday’s biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie. The shootout — which killed nine people and wounded 18 — seemed … 0

Killing spree

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of … 0

Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine … 0

Obama to limit military-style equipment for local cops

Monday, May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to stop the federal government from distributing some military equipment to law enforcement agencies around the country, trimming back a practice that drew scrutiny amid concerns about the militarization of local police … 0

Experts: US claims that Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous. “‘Delusional,’ really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. … 0

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline’s onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San … 0

GOP changes ‘Reaganomics’ approach to tax cuts

Monday, May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — George H.W. Bush famously called it voodoo economics. Ronald Reagan called it a winner and took the White House in a landslide, and it’s been a mainstay of Republican fiscal policy ever since. Until now. “It” is the tenet that cutting income taxes will generate enough … 0

Pachyderms in peril

Monday, May 18, 2015

SAN DIEGO — With elephants facing possible extinction because of poaching, San Diego Zoo officials and the operator of a wildlife conservancy in Africa are discussing starting an “elephant orphanage” in Kenya. Although no agreement has been reached, … 0

Back on the right track

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak trains began rolling again between Philadelphia and New York on Monday, the first time since a derailment almost a week ago killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. Amtrak resumed service with a … 0