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FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Lawyers for the convicted spy Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel.  (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

Pollard, convicted spy for Israel, to be freed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to free Pollard from his life sentence, announced Tuesday by his lawyers and then confirmed by the Justice Department, caps an extraordinary espionage case that spurred decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. Critics have condemned the American as a traitor who betrayed his country for money and disclosed damaging secrets, while supporters have argued that he was punished excessively given that he spied for a U.S. ally. Pollard …

Senate to vote on aid to Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women’s health care programs, but …

Turkey-Kurdish fighting worries NATO

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ISTANBUL — Fighting between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels escalated Tuesday amid signs of unease from NATO allies attending an emergency meeting about Turkey’s conflicts with the Islamic State group and the Kurds. On a violent day, Turkish fighter jets pounded rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK after soldiers were …

Endangered butterfly recovering in some of its range

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author …

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., …