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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg listens as the citation for her Radcliffe Medal is read during a luncheon at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Friday, May 29, 2015, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

Saturday, May 30, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause. “Young women today have a great advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors,” the 82-year-old justice said in a speech at …

Judge: Protesters required to leave closed Catholic church by June 5

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SCITUATE (AP) — The clock is once again ticking for parishioners ordered to leave a shuttered Catholic church south of Boston where they have staged a protest for nearly 11 years. A Massachusetts judge on Friday denied a request by the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church to suspend his order that …

Relocation of Vineyard lighthouse nearly completed

Saturday, May 30, 2015

AQUINNAH — An iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that was dangerously close to tumbling down an eroding cliffside will soon arrive at its new home farther inland. Workers have been inching back the 160-year-old Gay Head Light from the colorful cliffs since Thursday. It’s now about 12 feet from its final destination — a concrete pad originally about 135 feet away. Richard Pomroy, the …

Islanders evacuated after volcano erupts in southern Japan

Saturday, May 30, 2015

TOKYO — A volcano on a southern Japanese island erupted Friday, spewing a plume of smoke, with authorities evacuating all of the islanders and visitors there. The 9:59 a.m. “explosive” eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabu Island, 1,200 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, caused a pyroclastic flow to reach …

India’s deadly heat wave drags on, death toll tops 1,800

Saturday, May 30, 2015

NEW DELHI — Temperatures dipped marginally in southern India Friday where a deadly heatwave has killed at least 1,800 people, officials said. The bulk of casualties were reported from the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which saw their highest sustained summer temperatures in 12 years over …

AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …

Serious Texas flooding continues

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HOUSTON — Floodwaters submerged highways and threatened homes Friday in Texas as another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 22 people and left 13 missing. The line of …

Paul seeks ‘spying showdown’ in Sunday Senate meeting on NSA

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he’s ready for a “spying showdown” when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session, a sign he isn’t relenting in his fight against renewing anti-terrorism programs set to expire Monday. Paul, of Kentucky, asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to …

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, US says

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SINGAPORE — U.S. surveillance detected two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, heightening concerns that Beijing could use the land reclamation projects …

Charge: Hastert paid $3.5M in hush money

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois …

Flooding still a threat as Texas rivers swell

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HOUSTON — This week’s record rainfall in Texas eased the state’s drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday. Just weeks ago, much of …

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a …

Neb. lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor’s objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons. Senators in …