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Supreme Court to decide Texas abortion law appeal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court now has on its appeal docket an abortion case that will probably decide how far conservative states may go in restricting abortion clinics. Lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an appeal Thursday to challenge a Texas law that would implement strict new health regulations that would force the closure of three-fourths of the state’s abortion facilities. A federal appeals court has twice upheld … 0

Pope’s visit to US presents security issues

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm. That day, Francis is to address world leaders at the United Nations, preside over a service at the 9/11 memorial, do … 0

Trump signs pledge to not launch 3rd-party bid if he’s not GOP nominee

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has signed a pledge not to launch an independent bid for the White House should he lose his quest for the GOP nomination. Standing in the opulent lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump said he believes the best way for a Republican to win the White House … 0

Obama offended by attacks on Jews who back Iran deal

Monday, August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he’s “not black enough.” Obama, in an interview with the … 0

Officer killed by grenade, over 100 injured in Ukraine clashes

Monday, August 31, 2015

KIEV, Ukraine — As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a … 0

Los Angeles Police Department adds body cameras to arsenal

Monday, August 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES — After nearly two years of fundraising, testing and crafting policy, Los Angeles police officers hit city streets Monday morning wearing chest-mounted body cameras. The roll out marked a significant moment for the LAPD, pushing Los … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Sept. 1

Monday, August 31, 2015

Legal experts see little risk for Clinton in email scandal WASHINGTON — Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action against Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with now-classified information sent over … 0

Alaska climate change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves today for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president … 0

Supreme Court can resolve Ky. gay marriage license issue

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county … 0

When the wells run dry

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TULARE, Calif. — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from … 0

That buzzing in your pocket? It’s a politician who wants your vote

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — If you thought you couldn’t escape the onslaught of political ads in 2012, just wait until 2016. This election cycle, campaigns are expected to fully embrace mobile advertising as a way to target voters anytime, anywhere. … 0

Western blazes rage while budgets dwindle

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SEATTLE — The record wildfire season scorching the West is prompting renewed calls for Congress to change how it funds firefighting, a push that comes as the head of the Forest Service said the agency would soon exceed … 0

Italy’s Eni finds ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ROME — The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the “largest-ever” found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO … 0