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Alaska climate change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves today for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming … 0

Supreme Court can resolve Ky. gay marriage license issue

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds are asking the justices to grant her … 0

When the wells run dry

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TULARE, Calif. — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. … 0

ACT scores show no improvement

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. high schools haven’t shown much improvement in the past four years when it comes to preparing college-ready graduates, according to the Iowa-based nonprofit group that administers the ACT college entrance exam. The group says only about 40 percent of graduating high school students who took … 0

Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HEIDENAU, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many … 0

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to … 0

Gunmen in Afghan uniforms kill 2 US troops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers before being shot dead themselves, officials said. NATO offered few details about the shooting in Helmand province, which appeared to be the latest so-called … 0

Feds warns Montana it faces cutoff of abuse program funding

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect. The Montana Department of … 0

Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIRUT — First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn’t get its act together to find … 0

US stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 … 0

Gay, straight couples adding Justice Kennedy’s words to vows

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emily Smith and Jillian Levine had already chosen a venue, booked a band and written the first draft of the ceremony for their wedding when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples nationwide have a … 0

Los Angeles projects $161M surplus for 2024 Olympics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles disclosed a budget Tuesday that shows the city holding a $161 million surplus after staging events from Santa Monica beaches to the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles, which hosted … 0

Man killed by deputy at Penn. courthouse after knife attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Coatesville, Pa., man arrested in March for climbing over a White House wall was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse Tuesday after he came in wielding a knife and slashed another deputy sheriff, police said. Curtis Smith, 34, of … 0