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In this photo dated Wednesday, July 29, 2015, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie)

Wing part find stirs MH370 families’ emotions

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the …

Kurds decry Turkey’s renewed onslaught

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels. In Turkey’s Kurdish heartland, the government’s renewed military onslaught against the rebels has left many people crying treachery — with suspicions rife that …

Congress puts off messy decisions, leaves for vacation

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall. Not long after they return in September, lawmakers must vote on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, a brutally divisive …

Boy Scout board ends ban on gay adults

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy …

Boston Olympic bid ends as city, U.S. Olympic Committee sever ties

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday. The person spoke on …

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor …

Obama urges Kenya to root out corruption

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

NATO to discuss Turkey’s security

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq. The move came as …

After 4 years of war, Assad acknowledges troop shortage

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BEIRUT — In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Sunday to win his country’s long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and were running short …

Taliban take remote Afghan police base

Sunday, July 26, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards surrendered and joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday. The loss of the Tirgaran base in Badakhshan …

Cruz attack shakes up Senate GOP

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate …

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old …

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 …