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A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G.)

Leftists win Greek election

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the “five years of humiliation and pain” that Greece has endured since …

Obama seeks bigger Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. “They’ve decided that today …

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian city, leaving hundreds dead

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats …

Overpass collapse kills 1, forces lengthy I-75 closure

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

US settles over DEA’s fake Facebook page

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised …

Yellowstone River oil spill fouls Mont. town’s water

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More than 5,000 people in the rural Montana city of Glendive have been told not to use municipal water because elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene were found downstream from a weekend crude oil spill in the Yellowstone River. Officials said they were distributing fresh water that is being …

Indonesia: AirAsia plane climbed too fast before it disappeared

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar, Indonesia’s transport minister said Tuesday. Ignasius Jonan told Parliament …

Pope’s climate-change stand irks conservatives

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through …

Israeli strike a blow for Hezbollah

Monday, January 19, 2015

BEIRUT — Beating their chests in anger and chanting “Death to Israel,” thousands of mourners marched Monday in a funeral procession for a prominent Hezbollah fighter killed with five other members of the Shiite militant group in an …

US honors King’s legacy

Monday, January 19, 2015

ATLANTA — Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to …

Kenyan kids tear-gassed in protest at playground

Monday, January 19, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist. The students from Langata Road Primary School …

Oft-scrutinized Canadian bank to host Clinton talks

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will give a pair of speeches Wednesday in Canada hosted by a major bank that has been the subject of several investigations into wrongdoing over the past dozen years. Clinton and the bank refused to say …

GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional …