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Secretary of State John Kerry settles into his seat as he arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree …

Australian police nab 15 in counterterror raids

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SYDNEY — Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, Australian …

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record …

Captain America bike from ‘Easy Rider’ up for auction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that …

Tourists, locals in survival mode 3 days after Odile

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as …

NASA’s Maven spacecraft expected to reachMars Suinday night after 10-month journey

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will …

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes, violations, fees, orders

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS Inspector general blasts Near Earth Objects program CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA’s effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency’s inspector general released a report blasting NASA’s Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog …

Study shows leaky natural gas wells, not fracking, tainted groundwater in Pennsylvania and Texas

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas …

Ukraine lawmakers OK new deal with Europe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began …

US sending 3,000 troops to combat Ebola in W. Africa

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ATLANTA — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to world security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday broadly expanded the U.S. response by ordering thousands of troops to the region along with an aggressive effort to …

Lumber town assesses fire damage

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a …

Survivalist suspected in killing of Pa. trooper

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against …

NASA selects Boeing and SpaceX to ferry International Space Station astronauts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few …