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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, Syrians walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria. As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee while others hoard food, with some even hanging bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage as the U.N. warns that hundreds of thousands of people in Syria’s largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid. (Depo Photos via AP, File) TURKEY OUT

Syria’s largest city fears long siege

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BEIRUT — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria’s largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage. The U.N. warned Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of people could be cut off from humanitarian aid as siege …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive wish list, which comes as the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is deteriorating, underscores the initiatives …

High court freezes Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the …

Intelligence officials say IS determined to strike US this year

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the …

Commuter trains collide in Germany, killing 10

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAD AIBLING, Germany — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities …

US Army: Iraq’s Mosul Dam at high risk of failure

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic …

Object falls from sky, kills man

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEW DELHI — Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite. The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending …

State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an …

NH finish in sight as hopefuls eye long campaign

Monday, February 8, 2016

SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP …

Iraqi woman charged with role in US aid worker’s death

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s …

Survivors pulled from building in Taiwan

Monday, February 8, 2016

TAINAN, Taiwan — At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach …

Merkel voices horror at bombings in Syria

Monday, February 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …