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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 …

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 logistical challenges of mounting such an attack. In testimony before congressional committees, Director of National …

Officials probe cause of deadly crane collapse

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEW YORK — It make take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city …

5 victims found in Chicago home stabbed, 1 was shot

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CHICAGO — Five of the people whose bodies were found in a house on Chicago’s South Side this week were stabbed to death and a sixth victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said Friday, and none of …

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the …

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement signaled efforts …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming …

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other …

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the …

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Friday, February 5, 2016

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the …

Granby voters face decision on $34.2 million school project at special Town Meeting

Friday, February 5, 2016

GRANBY — Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting on Monday to approve a $34.2 elementary school project that calls for renovating one building and constructing another. The Massachusetts School Building Authority announced last week that it would reimburse the town for a little more than …