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A man comforts the wife, right, of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Jordan on Wednesday offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan offers swap to Islamic State to save pilot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. Meeting the Islamic State’s demand for the release of a would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida would run counter to the kingdom’s hard-line … 0

Keystone XL pipeline fact check

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously … 0

Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five … 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

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just … 0

Gang-rape defense points to campus culture

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photos and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university … 0

Justices will hear a challenge to new lethal injection drug

Friday, January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — A week after the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way for an Oklahoma man to be executed using a controversial new drug, the justices agreed to hear a legal challenge that the drug amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The sudden turn of … 0

Slippery driving predicted across region

Friday, January 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A fast-moving coastal storm is forecast to blast several major cities in the Northeast with a mix of snow, sleet and rain today in the season’s first real taste of winter along the busy Interstate … 0

Yemen’s Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Shiite rebels faced mounting pressures and signs of internal divisions Friday after the U.S.-backed president and his cabinet resigned rather than submit at gunpoint to their increasing demands for greater power. With thousands of … 0

Divers enter crashed AirAsia plane’s fuselage for first time

Friday, January 23, 2015

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — For the first time, Indonesian divers were able Friday to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month into the Java Sea and retrieved six bodies, an official said. The operations … 0