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President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season, following meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama: No credible intelligence about US terrorism plot

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said there currently is no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Obama said it was understandable that Americans might be nervous following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. While he encouraged Americans to remain … 0

Putin sends missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MOSCOW — In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey. The incident was the first time … 0

New suspect sought in Paris attacks; Brussels lockdown eases

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Belgium issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the Paris attacks as an unprecedented lockdown in Brussels slowly began to come to an end. Authorities announced a manhunt for 30-year-old Mohamed Abrini, who was seen driving a car between Brussels and Paris with Salah Abdeslam two days before the shootings and bombings that killed 130 people. Abdeslam, one of two brothers … 0

Clinton calls for increased US ground forces to combat ISIS

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. needs to “intensify and broaden” its effort against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, including sending more ground forces, Hillary Clinton said Thursday in a speech that set out clear differences with the … 0

Colleges update their mascots, mottos, amid student pressure

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Amherst College has turned on its mascot. Georgetown University is renaming buildings. Union College has a new motto. Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed … 0

STD cases reaching all-time highs in US

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Much to the worry of public health officials, new national data show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are climbing in the United States and have reached an all-time high. A report released this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that though … 0

Stimulant meds may boost PTSD likelihood in military members

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit problems and keep service members alert during long stretches of combat might increase vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study suggests. Defense Department researchers analyzing data from nearly 26,000 service members found that those with prescriptions for the stimulants were … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, November 20, 2015

Palestinian attacks in Tel Aviv, West Bank, leave 5 dead JERUSALEM — A pair of stabbing and shooting attacks carried out by Palestinians killed five people Thursday — three Israelis, a Palestinian and an American — in one … 0

Attacks mastermind not among those arrested in Paris raid

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PARIS — An early-morning police raid on a Paris suburb Wednesday left at least two terror suspects dead and another seven under arrest, but failed to capture alive the reputed mastermind of last week’s terror attacks or a … 0

Lenders taking more borrowers to court over student loans

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Fall behind on your student loans these days and you could end up getting more than hectoring phone calls and threatening letters. Some lenders are taking more people to court, attorneys say. The number of … 0

Despite heavy US airstrikes, IS threat persists

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — In measuring progress in the American-led air war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, numbers tell one story but results tell another. Fighter jets, bombers, attack planes and drones are dropping an average of … 0

A new voice: Lab grows human vocal cords

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — From mom’s comforting croon to a shout of warning, our voices are the main way we communicate and one we take for granted unless something goes wrong. Now researchers have grown human vocal cords in the … 0

6 quintillion gallons of water are hiding in the Earth’s crust

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground — water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain once again. But above-ground water is just a … 0