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A police officer checks IDs as Turkish police raid homes in the Haci Bayram neighborhood of the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. Security forces has detained at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency said. The Anadolu Agency said those detained in the Haci Bayram neighborhood include a number of foreign nationals. It did not give details of the foreigners' home countries. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

US, Turkey plan Syrian ‘safe zone’

Monday, July 27, 2015

BEIRUT — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed …

House, Senate clash over highway bill

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates …

Boy, 16, to be charged with brother as adult in stabbing deaths of parents, 3 siblings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face …

Clinton says she handled emails properly

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WINTERSET, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of …

Planned Parenthood says no profit from fetal organs

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization’s clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization’s charges cover only the cost of transmission to researchers. Planned …

Earth Talk: Conservatives blame liberals for California drought

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested? — Betsy Martin, Butte, Montana While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of …

Suicides in jail get new look

Friday, July 24, 2015

DALLAS — When Sandra Bland died in a small Texas jail last week, she became just the latest name on a long list of inmates whose deaths were determined to be suicides. Bland’s death following her arrest for …

Days from execution, India faces death penalty questions

Friday, July 24, 2015

MUMBAI, India — India’s Supreme Court said Friday that it would hear a last-ditch appeal by a death-row prisoner whose case has renewed questions about capital punishment in the world’s second-most populous nation. The court said it would hear arguments for clemency Monday in the case of Yakub …

Obama’s link to Kenya: A father he barely knew

Friday, July 24, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Barack Obama’s link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president Friday, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son’s presidency. Obama has spoken …

Wildfire near Napa Valley burns 6,900 acres as weather conditions improve

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire that quickly raced out of control toward homes near Napa Valley because of erratic winds has slowed its spread in recent days as weather conditions have turned in firefighters’ favor, officials said Friday. “Thank goodness the winds aren’t like they’ve been on that …

Reporters banned after revealing juror’s name in James Holmes case

Friday, July 24, 2015

Newsweek reporters have been banned from the Arapahoe County Justice Center, site of the Aurora, Colo., shooting trial, after the magazine published the name of a juror in the James Holmes case online in both a story and a tweet. A visibly angry Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., …

Convicted spy Pollard could be freed from prison soon

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, an American who was convicted of spying for Israel in a sensational espionage case that inflamed public sentiment, could be released from federal prison within months, his lawyer and the Justice Department said Friday. …