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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as out of touch with the majority of …

Report: Iraq, Syria airstrikes kill 459 civilians

Monday, August 3, 2015

BAGHDAD — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific …

Senate blocks bid to defund Planned Parenthood

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year’s presidential and congressional elections. The derailed legislation was the Republican response to …

In NH, GOP’s presidential hopefuls take on illegal immigration

Monday, August 3, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the …

Crews battling Calif. fire helped by cooler weather

Monday, August 3, 2015

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (ap) — Firefighters were working aggressively to regain control after a raging Northern California fire jumped a highway that had served as a containment line for the massive blaze — one of 20 wildfires burning …

Hitchhiking robot creators mull rebuild

Monday, August 3, 2015

TORONTO — The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life. HitchBOT’s co-creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith said Monday that …

Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy …

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. While candidates and their teams have spent hours privately strategizing how best to tackle …

Evidence of Trump’s charity hard to find

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, widely believed to the be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country’s most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records …

Suspect in Memphis officer’s killing sought

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for the man is underway. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge in …

Israel cracks down on extremists following attacks

Monday, August 3, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have “zero tolerance” for Jewish extremists. The tough talk follows a pair of attacks last …

Mexican officials rapped for reaction to slain journalist

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because …

As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young

Monday, August 3, 2015

KUNITACHI, Japan — On a recent weekend, an 84-year-old survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing retraced his movements on a map: the inferno during his 12-mile walk home, the “black rain” of falling radioactive particles and how he …