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Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)

Inmates supposedly had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot twice …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. On their last day together until the fall, the justices voted …

Immigration authorities to consider recognition of transgender detainees

Monday, June 29, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the …

Calif. fire grows, forces evacuations

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what …

As SC honors victims, Ala. brings down flags

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina …

Second prison worker arrested in breakout

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BELLMONT, N.Y. — A maximum-security prison guard believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two inmates before they escaped was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. Gene Palmer appeared before a judge in Plattsburgh on Wednesday night …

France angered, not surprised at new US spying revelations

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PARIS — Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and angered by new evidence of uninhibited American spying, France demanded answers Wednesday and called for an intelligence “code of conduct” between allies. France’s foreign minister summoned …

Death toll over 800 as rain eases heat wave in Pakistan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan — A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 — a high …

Dutch court mandates action on global warming

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way …

NATO to beef up military force in response to Russia

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BRUSSELS — Rejecting charges of engaging in a Cold War-style arms race with Russia, the U.S. and its NATO allies approved military upgrades Wednesday that should help them come to the aid of a threatened alliance member faster, …

America’s chiefs seek compassionate men and women in new era of police recruitment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay. But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths …

‘Treasure hunter’ Barry Clifford draws criticism from mainstream marine archaeologists

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAINTE MARIE ISLAND, Madagascar — Barry Clifford brought up the heavy silver ingot from the bottom of a bay as the president of Madagascar waited to receive it. The dramatic moment was just one in a lifetime of …

La. governor Jindal joins Republican field

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KENNER, La. — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday and set about trying to distinguish himself from better known rivals. …