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Crisis, what crisis? US economy steams along

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said … 0

Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “There’s something in you guys that is … 0

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union. The United States Supreme Court, which two months … 0

10K volunteers to help with papal visit to Philadelphia

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — An army of about 10,000 volunteers will be on hand when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia during the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families and holds the biggest events of his first trip to the U.S. Volunteers will … 0

Giant panda Mei Xiang gives birth at National Zoo to twins

Sunday, August 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Interest in the impending birth of a panda at the National Zoo was so great Saturday that the famous “panda cam” crashed its Web page. And that was just for the first birth. Who knew the … 0

Nation and World Briefs

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Chinese leader at center of concern as markets begin week TAIPEI, Taiwan — In speeches and writings, Chinese President Xi Jinping often delivers the rhetoric of a Communist Party hard-liner. Yet more than ever, capitalists worldwide are depending … 0

French official: 2 Americans subdued train gunman

Friday, August 21, 2015

PARIS — A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding two people before being subdued by two American passengers, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern … 0

US stocks tumble on global slowdown fears

Friday, August 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years. The rout started in Asia and quickly spread … 0

White House says airstrike killed Islamic State’s second-in-command

Friday, August 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military airstrike in northern Iraq has killed Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, second in command of Islamic State and primary coordinator for moving weapons and fighters to militant strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the White House and Pentagon said Friday. The Iraqi-born militant, also known as … 0

UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites

Friday, August 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the “most brutal, systematic” destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday — a stark warning … 0

North Korea warns of war with South after artillery fire

Friday, August 21, 2015

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his front-line troops in a “quasi-state of war” and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals … 0

Washington tragedy highlights firefighters’ youth, passion

Friday, August 21, 2015

TWISP, Wash. — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to … 0

Fire conditions so fierce in Washington that residents are joining the battle

Friday, August 21, 2015

PATEROS, Wash. — The wildfires devastating eastern Washington have stretched firefighters so thin and prompted so many offers of assistance from ordinary citizens that state officials for the first time are inviting them to join the battle — and people are quickly lining up to help. “They’ve been … 0