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Traffic merges at the I-96 eastbound, M-14 westbound and I-275 southbound junctions as construction crews continue to re-build I-96 in Farmington Hills, Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Todd McInturf)

House, Senate clash over highway bill ahead of deadline

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking up the Senate’s … 0

‘Lion’ on loose in Milwaukee may be pet

Monday, July 27, 2015

MILWAUKEE — If a lion-like creature is indeed on the loose in Milwaukee, it could just as easily be an escaped or released pet as a wild animal. Officials say there are many more big cats owned by individuals and farms in the U.S. than most people would guess — perhaps 5,000 to … 0

Slave fishing boats tracked to Papua New Guinea

Monday, July 27, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there’s the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with … 0

Pentagon: Drone kills senior al-Qaida leader

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military drone strike in northwest Syria has killed Muhsin al-Fadhli, the head of a shadowy cell of veteran al-Qaida operatives known as the Khorasan Group that sought to attack Western targets, Pentagon officials said. The 34-year-old Kuwaiti’s vehicle was hit July 8 as it … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 22

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

World mayors at Vatican: Climate change is real and must be contained VATICAN CITY — Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, … 0

Cuban embassy raises flag in US

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country’s embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations. In sweltering heat and humidity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno … 0

Bid to alter drug laws gains ground in Congress

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash mandatory minimum sentences. House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, surprised advocates Thursday by saying he strongly supported holding a vote … 0

Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed … 0

Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, users’ personal info posted

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online. In addition, those behind the attack … 0

Medicaid surge raises stakes for states

Sunday, July 19, 2015

ATLANTA — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is … 0

Family: Mental issues dogged shooter

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Kuwait-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression since his early teen years and also fought drug and alcohol abuse, spending time in Jordan last year to help … 0

Deposition: Cosby paid women to keep sex secret

Sunday, July 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby, in sworn testimony a decade ago, said he had paid women after sex to keep the affairs from his wife, suggested he was skilled at reading women’s unspoken desires and called one of … 0

Trump basks in McCain takedown

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate. But Trump simply may not care; indeed, he seemed … 0