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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

$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

Ill. bill would ban drones for hunting

Friday, January 23, 2015

When it comes to preserving fair chase in hunting, Illinois already bans using bait to lure, dogs to kill and certain lights to see animals at night. Now to those and other do-nots, a state lawmaker would like to add one more: drones. State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, … 0

ACLU says Missouri town to stop ticketing headlight flashers

Friday, January 23, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday that it has settled a lawsuit with a Kansas City suburb after the town agreed to stop ticketing drivers who flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn that a speed trap lies ahead. The group filed … 0

Kerry: Violent extremism is not linked to Islam

Friday, January 23, 2015

DAVOS, Switzerland — Violent extremists who are killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world may cite Islam as a justification, but the West should be careful about calling them Islamic radicals, … 0

Prosecutor: Captain is reason why 32 died aboard Concordia

Friday, January 23, 2015

ROME — The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn’t die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday. … 0