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New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, second from left, and Diego Rodriguez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, arrive for a news conference at police headquarters, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in New York, regarding three men who were arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. Akhror Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, authorities said. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev had a ticket to travel to Istanbul next month and was arrested in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said. Abror Habibov, 30,  accused of helping fund Saidakhmetov's efforts, was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Three charged in plot to help Islamic State

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States, and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island. Akhror Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to …

US-Israel spat intensifies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry openly questioned Netanyahu’s judgment on the issue. The …

Residents in Czech town honor 8 killed in shooting

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of residents of a small town in southeastern Czech Republic gathered Wednesday to honor the victims of the worst shooting attack in the country’s history. Braving rain, they lit candles in front of the Druzba, or “Friendship,” restaurant in Uhersky Brod a day after a gunman opened fire during …

Feds project problems when fuel trains derail

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing …

Globe-circling cyclist killed in Thailand

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chilean cyclist’s quest to bike around the world in five years has ended with his death in a road accident in northeast Thailand, police said Sunday. Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, was hit by a pickup truck and immediately killed Saturday on a highway in …

In ravaged Ukraine town, war fear remains

Friday, February 20, 2015

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — Almost every building was gravely damaged, nearly every window smashed in this Ukrainian town left unrecognizable by months of relentless shelling. Children played in the rubble where their homes once stood, while neighbors boiled water …

Heavy snow collapses Boston area barn, killing 2 horses

Friday, February 20, 2015

WESTFORD — A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow on Friday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hours-long rescue effort that saved five others. Firefighters, public works crews and others responded to Bobby’s Ranch in Westford, about 35 miles northwest of Boston. The effort …

NE’s snow struggle of 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

BOSTON — If it’s just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away? Midway through an epic winter that’s shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, …

US announces spring mission to retake Mosul in Iraq

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops, a senior U.S. military …

Ukraine separatists celebrate

Friday, February 20, 2015

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — For the rebel fighters who seized control of this strategic town, Thursday was a day of jubilation and bragging of victory. The retreating Ukrainian soldiers were grim, stunned and relieved to have escaped with their …

Leak: NSA, British spies stole cellphone codes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to …

Medical tool implicated in ‘superbug’ outbreak

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the …

Obama leery of linkage between Islam, terror

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Muslims in the U.S. and around the world have a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State speak for them, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in his most direct remarks yet …