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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

Courthouse quote isn’t Washington’s; ‘Unknown’ now credited

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BEND, Ore. — A quote about respect for military veterans that had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse has a new credit: “Unknown.” Although politicians, veterans and others have often attributed … 0

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials … 0

Is speech free for all?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LONDON — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech. Since the rampage that left four … 0

Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed. The pipeline is exposed for about 50 feet near where the breach occurred Jan. 17, according … 0

Iran foreign minister summoned to explain stroll with Kerry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country’s official IRNA news agency. On Jan. 14, on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear negotiations, … 0

FBI: Hunt continues for suspect in bomb threats against jets

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATLANTA — Federal law enforcement officials are continuing to pursue a suspect after recent bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes, an FBI agent said Sunday. “We certainly take … 0

Images of shot Egypt protester revive police criticism

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAIRO — Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a … 0

Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TOKYO — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to … 0

UN Security Council faces Ukraine, Yemen emergency meetings

Sunday, January 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold emergency meetings Monday on the crises in Yemen and Ukraine. Council member Lithuania said Sunday that it had requested the open meeting on Ukraine. Both countries are former Soviet republics. Russia blocked a council statement Saturday that … 0

MDs: Medical pot only as last resort for kids

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. … 0