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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wal-Mart pushing for animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products … 0

IS group purges enemies in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Friday, May 22, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days. The … 0

Suicide bomber attacks Saudi Arabian mosque; 19 dead, dozens wounded

Friday, May 22, 2015

CAIRO — A suicide bomber struck a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, reportedly killing at least 19 people, injuring dozens of others and raising the specter of sectarian violence amid the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen. The Sunni militant group Islamic State issued a … 0

Republicans clash over NSA surveillance powers

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Republicans clashed over the future of government surveillance programs on Monday, highlighting a deep divide among the GOP’s 2016 presidential class over whether the National Security Agency should be collecting American citizens’ phone records in the … 0

Ramadi falls to Islamic State

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, … 0

Members of Congress praise raid that killed IS leader

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Sunday praised the raid that killed an Islamic State official in Syria, but cautioned that the United States still faces continued turmoil in the Middle East. Rep. Ryan Zinke, a Montana Republican who formerly commanded Navy SEAL Team Six, said that the target, known … 0

A ban on bans? States saying ‘no’ to cities seeking to regulate businesses

Sunday, May 17, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator— himself — and guided a … 0

Conflicting reports on object striking derailed train

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — As repair crews work to restore rail service following the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, investigators are trying to determine the reason for the train’s acceleration and sorting through conflicting reports about an object striking its … 0

Officials: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resume in Yemen

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels have resumed in the southern port city of Aden after the end of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said early Monday. The ceasefire expired at … 0

Police: 9 dead from Texas shootout among rival biker gangs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WACO, Texas — Nine people were killed Sunday and some others injured after a shootout erupted among rival biker gangs at a Central Texas restaurant, sending patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said. The violence … 0

As California withers, federal water bill mired in secrecy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Five months into a new Congress, and deep into a lasting drought, California water legislation still stymies and splits the state’s lawmakers. Draft copies are tightly held. Myriad details are in flux. The legislative timing remains unsettled. Democrats are divided; some are distinctly unhappy. “Right now, … 0

US says Gulf oil leak could continue to spill for a century

Friday, May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates that provide new … 0

Wreckage is removed from Amtrak crash site

Friday, May 15, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The last wrecked railcars from the deadly Amtrak accident were removed Friday as investigators tried to figure out why the train sped up from 70 mph to over 100 mph in the minute before it went … 0