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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Belgium police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels. A four day lockdown due to a heightened security threat closed the capital’s subways and schools. Officials recommended that popular shopping districts be shuttered and advised people to avoid public places since they could be targeted by extremists. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Paris, Brussels security may be spreading anxiety

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BRUSSELS — At a Paris train station, the zap of a pigeon getting electrocuted on the tracks is enough to send some jittery people scurrying for cover. And in the aftermath of the devastating Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, the center of Brussels has often been deserted as armed soldiers patrol tourist sites amid repeated government warnings that a terrorist … 0

More reliable drug test could keep people out of jail

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — In November, a passenger in a Florida-bound car sued Pennsylvania state police who mistook homemade soap in his trunk for cocaine. The incident, which landed the man in jail for nearly a month, is not the first time a field drug test has identified illegal drugs that turned out to be a harmless substance. But if a University of Central … 0

Russia’s spat with Turkey over downed warplane escalates

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder. The spat reflected a clash of … 0

Release of video of police shooting will cast spotlight on Chicago

Monday, November 23, 2015

CHICAGO — The expected release next week of a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting an African-American teenager to death in October 2014 will cast a spotlight on Chicago during a raging national debate on police use of lethal force against minorities. The police dashboard-camera video, … 0

Told he must go, Syria’s Assad may outlast Obama in office

Monday, November 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bashar Assad’s presidency looks likely to outlast Barack Obama’s. As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years … 0

Cruz seeks to cast himself as the electable conservative

Monday, November 23, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Ted Cruz is among the most hated men in Washington, reviled by leaders of both parties as an ideological hard-liner loyal only to the far-right of the conservative movement. But racing down an Iowa … 0

Trump surges while Carson stalls in polls

Monday, November 23, 2015

NEW YORK — With the first votes of the 2016 presidential race a little more than two months away, Donald Trump is showing renewed support among likely Republican voters. Trump has reclaimed the lead in Iowa, according to … 0

Gunmen attack hotel in Mali’s capital, killing at least 20

Friday, November 20, 2015

BAMAKO, Mali — Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified … 0

Trump rivals decry his call for registering US Muslims

Friday, November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates swiftly condemned Donald Trump’s call for requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database, drawing a sharp distinction Friday with the GOP front-runner. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called … 0

Airstrikes hurt, but don’t halt, IS oil smuggling operations

Friday, November 20, 2015

BEIRUT — The United States and Russia are going after the Islamic State group’s oil industry, destroying refineries and hundreds of tanker trucks transporting oil from eastern Syria in a heavy bombardment in recent days aiming to break … 0

AP sources: Task force wants even smaller drones registered

Friday, November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration … 0

Obama asks Supreme Court to save his immigration plan

Friday, November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court for a speedy decision on its plans to shield from deportation millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. Legal papers filed on Friday call for the court’s … 0

House votes to curb Syrian refugees

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama by Republicans and Democrats, the House ignored a veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the … 0