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Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports

Monday, March 30, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port city of Aden by Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president. The move to block ports appeared aimed at preventing the rebels, known as Houthis, from rearming, and comes after the coalition achieved full … 0

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for tech jobs

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABINGTON, Pa. — Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cybersecurity jobs. Speaking to students at his former suburban Philadelphia high school, Carter said the military could … 0

Deadline for Iran nuke talks looms

Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. Iran’s potential movement on enrichment reflected the intense pressure to close … 0

Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalls

Monday, March 23, 2015

ISTANBUL — The much ballyhooed Iraqi government operation to capture the central city of Tikrit from the Islamic State has stalled three weeks after it began, amid widespread reports that Shiite Muslim militias and the government are badly … 0

Herring rules could change as feds look to protect key fish

Monday, March 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The health of the Atlantic herring — a little forage fish that lives in massive schools that can number in the billions — is critical to the future of the New England fishing industry, and … 0

FDA OKs genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don’t want any part of it and others are staying silent. The … 0

Is your face the future of computer passwords?

Monday, March 23, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You’re not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are … 0

NC State halts fraternity parties after pledge book with rape, lynching jokes surfaces

Friday, March 20, 2015

North Carolina State University announced an immediate halt to all fraternity activities involving alcohol Friday, less than 24 hours after campus officials obtained a copy of a “pledge book” filled with jokes about sexual assault and lynching black men. The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was suspended Thursday night, … 0

FBI asks for patience in black man’s hanging in Mississippi

Friday, March 20, 2015

PORT GIBSON, Miss. — An FBI agent appealed for patience Friday after a black man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi, saying 30 federal, state and local agents were working intensively to determine whether he was … 0

Boehner off to Israel; Netanyahu’s ties to Obama hit new low

Friday, March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Israel as already strained relations between the White House and newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week. On the surface, the Republican leader’s … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, March 20, 2015

Phoenix Zoo finds 2-year-old bear is female, not male PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo is fessing up to what it calls an “embearassing” mistake regarding one of its animals. Zoo officials say they were planning to transfer Luka to the Nashville, Tennessee, zoo when they recently discovered that … 0

US first lady in Cambodia to promote girls’ education

Friday, March 20, 2015

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plans to meet Cambodian students Saturday to hear their stories and share America’s perspectives on education as part of a campaign to help girls around the world stay in … 0

New movers, shakers in seeking government info

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information. The … 0