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A bulldozer clears away debris after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015. A tornado raged through the city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes and flinging cars like matchsticks. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila, described as "devastated." (AP Photo)

Tornado, floods take toll in Texas, Mexico

Monday, May 25, 2015

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother’s arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by rushing floodwaters in a …

Biden tries to soothe Iraqi allies

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. Biden’s call followed …

Cleveland, feds settle on policing

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly of the settlement ahead of the official announcement and …

Malaysia, Indonesia to offer migrants temporary shelter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — In a major breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying …

US releases documents from bin Laden house

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his …

Islamic State takes ancient Syrian town

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It …

Big banks to pay $5B, admit market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission …

DEA raids pharmacies in ‘pill mill’ crackdown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use …

Iraqis left US tanks, artillery in Ramadi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, …

Unions call for 2nd crew member in locomotives

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WACO, Texas — A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, police said Tuesday. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group …

Scotland Yard arrests 9 in major London jewel heist

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LONDON — With meticulous planning and remarkable good fortune, the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London’s diamond district seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist. But their luck ran out Tuesday when more …