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Supreme Court to decide Texas abortion law appeal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court now has on its appeal docket an abortion case that will probably decide how far conservative states may go in restricting abortion clinics. Lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an appeal Thursday to challenge a Texas law that would implement strict new health regulations that would force the closure of three-fourths of the state’s abortion facilities. A federal appeals court has twice upheld … 0

Pope’s visit to US presents security issues

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm. That day, Francis is to address world leaders at the United Nations, preside over a service at the 9/11 memorial, do … 0

Trump signs pledge to not launch 3rd-party bid if he’s not GOP nominee

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has signed a pledge not to launch an independent bid for the White House should he lose his quest for the GOP nomination. Standing in the opulent lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump said he believes the best way for a Republican to win the White House … 0

Malaysian PM pours scorn on huge rally demanding he quit

Sunday, August 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn Sunday on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal. A large crowd of … 0

Iranians hope to fill vacuum as US lowers Mideast profile

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief by world powers was welcomed at every level of society here, but nowhere more warmly than in the foreign policy community, which foresees a big boost for the Islamic Republic’s regional role, especially … 0

White House: Mt. McKinley to be renamed Denali

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential … 0

Germany, France, Britain press for EU action on migrants

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BERLIN — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was … 0

Video shows Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women

Sunday, August 30, 2015

JERUSALEM — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the … 0

10 years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is vibrant but wary

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — David Herzenberg is back in the city he once called home — back to the place that is blighted and dysfunctional and infuriating yet at the same time magical and musical and wonderfully distinctive. Ten … 0

Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy

Friday, August 28, 2015

KENEMA, Sierra Leone — Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day. She delivered her child just a few … 0

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture; UMass named lead institution in New England

Friday, August 28, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to … 0

What’s in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW YORK — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That’s right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the … 0

Before nation’s top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message

Friday, August 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won’t be easy. While Clinton and her team speak warmly of … 0