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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Clinton, Sanders hold low-key, pointed debate

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s legacy, accused Sanders of diminishing the president’s …

Proof of gravitational waves a eureka moment

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible “chirp,” but it simultaneously opened humanity’s ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again. In what is being hailed as one of the biggest eureka moments in the history of physics, scientists announced Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational …

Last holdouts at Ore. wildlife refuge give up

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BURNS, Ore. — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court. The holdouts were the last remnants of a larger group that seized the …

Diplomats aim for Syria truce in week

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MUNICH — Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in …

NATO warships to aid in migrant crisis

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters …

Mexican prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MONTERREY, Mexico — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years. No escapes …

Michigan governor proposes spending $360 million to address Flint water crisis and update pipes across state

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers …

Christie, Fiorina drop out of GOP field as campaigns head to SC

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party’s nomination. Not me, …

Feds sue Ferguson over deal revisions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis …

Russia, US disagree over Syria cease-fire

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MUNICH — Russia has proposed a March 1 cease-fire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States …

Calif. again denies parole to Sirhan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAN DIEGO — Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to …

Ex-LA sheriff admits lying to feds investigating him for corruption

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement. Baca, a …

Two deputies, suspect killed in suburban Md. shooting

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ABINGDON, Md. — A gunman fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far …