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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan waves at supporters in Yola, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

Africans open new front to fight Boko Haram

Friday, January 30, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut. Nigeria has suffered through years of violence from the Muslim extremist group known as Boko Haram, and now its neighbors are starting to take on the … 0

Does milk do a body good?

Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff. It … 0

IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique

Friday, January 30, 2015

BEIRUT — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group’s propaganda technique. Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through … 0

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 … 0

Fertilizer from above

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers … 0

Courthouse quote isn’t Washington’s; ‘Unknown’ now credited

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BEND, Ore. — A quote about respect for military veterans that had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse has a new credit: “Unknown.” Although politicians, veterans and others have often attributed … 0

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials … 0

Is speech free for all?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LONDON — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech. Since the rampage that left four … 0

Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed. The pipeline is exposed for about 50 feet near where the breach occurred Jan. 17, according … 0

Iran foreign minister summoned to explain stroll with Kerry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been summoned before parliament to explain his recent public stroll with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to a Sunday report by the country’s official IRNA news agency. On Jan. 14, on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear negotiations, … 0

FBI: Hunt continues for suspect in bomb threats against jets

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATLANTA — Federal law enforcement officials are continuing to pursue a suspect after recent bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes, an FBI agent said Sunday. “We certainly take … 0

Images of shot Egypt protester revive police criticism

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAIRO — Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a … 0

Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TOKYO — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to … 0