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In this undated image posted online and made available on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, by Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an anti-Islamic State group organization, a child wearing a hat with the Islamic State group logo poses with a weapon in Raqqa, Syria. The image has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting. Across the vast region in Syria and Iraq that is part of the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate, children are being inculcated with the extremist group's radical and violent interpretation of Shariah law. (AP Photo/Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

Children made into militants

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists’ headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region under IS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body … 0

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Friday, November 21, 2014

LONDON — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and … 0

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag (hash)ThanksMichelleObama was among the top trends on Twitter within the United States for a time on … 0

FCC chair wants phone fee hike to expand Internet access

Monday, November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal endorsed by … 0

Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury

Monday, November 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was followed by sometimes violent protests. Some answers to common questions about the grand … 0

Harvard and UNC sued to end affirmative action

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving … 0

Missouri governor declares state of emergency

Monday, November 17, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the state’s National Guard on Monday and declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of … 0

Cosby hunkers down as rape allegations surface again

Monday, November 17, 2014

NEW YORK — After Bill Cosby settled a civil lawsuit in 2006 alleging that he’d repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman, his image as America’s dad may have been temporarily tarnished, but was far from destroyed. But in recent … 0

US pension insurer ran record $62B deficit in 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The deficit run up by the federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans has nearly doubled, to $62 billion. And the agency says that without changes, its program for pension plans covering 10 million of those workers will be insolvent within 10 to … 0

‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting

Monday, November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — A system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found. The premise was simple: quickly and generously pay for medical … 0

Oil in descent, airfare in ascent

Monday, November 17, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don’t they share some of the savings with passengers? Simply put: Airlines … 0

Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference

Monday, November 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Organizers of the World Meeting of Families for months were coy when asked if Pope Francis would come to Philadelphia for the massive Roman Catholic-sponsored gathering. It turns out that when the pontiff finally confirmed his … 0

Bipartisan bill to revamp federal child care aid

Monday, November 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama compromise legislation on Monday revamping the government’s chief child care program for the first time in nearly two decades, including a requirement that federally subsidized providers conduct criminal background checks on their workers. The Democratic-led Senate voted 88-1 to give final … 0