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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fight joined in Congress over faster deportations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant … 0

Israel presses Gaza strikes; 85 dead

Thursday, July 10, 2014

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds. A survivor said all the dead were civilians. As Israel intensified its bombardment Thursday of … 0

Germany kicks out top US spy

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BERLIN — Germany on Thursday demanded Washington’s top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies. The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. They inflamed a furor that erupted last year when … 0

Senate majority may hinge on grouse known for mating dance

Monday, July 7, 2014

DENVER — An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered … 0

Coping with child migrants

Monday, July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The legal, humanitarian and political constraints facing the Obama administration as it copes with thousands of Central American children entering the country illegally came into sharp focus in a series of interviews Sunday. A George W. … 1

Six arrested in slaying of Palestinian teenager

Monday, July 7, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive last week — a crime that set off a wave of violent protests in Arab sections … 0

Post: Data sweep netted ordinary Americans

Monday, July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according … 0

Gaskin, founder of long-lived commune The Farm, dies at 79

Monday, July 7, 2014

When Stephen Gaskin took a good, hard look in the early 1970s at the San Francisco he loved, he knew he couldn’t stay. “It was going decadent,” he said years later. “We started seeing guys in long dark … 0

US Ed Dept. adds 12 schools to campus assault investigation

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Department of Education has added 12 colleges and universities to its growing list of educational institutions being investigated for their handling of sexual abuse allegations. In May, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights made public the names of schools under investigation for possible violations … 0

Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria — 500 yards from the emergency room — died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday. It took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protest walk begins Monday

Friday, July 4, 2014

To halt the flow of natural gas through a proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania fracking fields through Berkshire County and Franklin County to Dracut, north of Lowell, opponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project plan a “relay resistance walk” along the Massachusetts route, beginning Monday in Richmond, on … 1

Ailing boy, with Greenfield roots, uses wish to meet Pope Francis

Friday, July 4, 2014

“They offered him everything from Hawaii to Disney,” said his mother. “He has such deep faith that he wanted to visit the Pope.” GREENFIELD — Two years ago, Christopher Diego Sarage was a “normal” 9-year-old boy playing soccer, … 1

Nigeria cites arrest of female recruiters for Boko Haram group

Friday, July 4, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that has kidnapped schoolgirls and turned northeastern Nigeria into a war zone, has a female recruitment wing, Nigerian defense officials said Friday as they released photographs of three women alleged to be members of the group. Nigeria’s military headquarters said … 0