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A Turkish Air Force warplane takes off from the Incirlik Air Base, in the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes last week started striking militant targets in Syria and agreed to allow the U.S. to launch its own strikes from Turkey's strategically located Incirlik Air Base. In a series of cross-border strikes, Turkey has not only targeted the IS group but also Kurdish fighters affiliated with forces battling IS in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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 fired on with heavy weaponry in Sirnak …

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 …

Congress opts for 3-month highway bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall. “This three-month extension represents the compromise that allows the House more time,” said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as House leaders retreated …

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. …

Los Angeles police kill gunman on busy shopping street

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A man with a gun was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Friday in a busy shopping district in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. The shooting occurred after police responded to a call of a man with a gun on Ventura Boulevard in …

Turkish bombing of Islamic State marks end of tacit truce

Friday, July 24, 2015

ISTANBUL — Last month, the first edition of the Islamic State group’s Turkish-language magazine contained not a word of criticism of the Turkish government. This week, the second edition calls Istanbul occupied territory and blasts President Recep Tayyip …

Police: Theater gunman killed with handgun he bought legally

Friday, July 24, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. — A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he …

New inquiry into Clinton emails fuels political questions

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A new letter by intelligence investigators to the Justice Department says secret government information may have been compromised in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server, underscoring an inescapable reality for her presidential campaign: Email is forever. Clinton, …

Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal ‘fantasy’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift …