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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as out of touch with the majority of …

Report: Iraq, Syria airstrikes kill 459 civilians

Monday, August 3, 2015

BAGHDAD — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific …

Senate blocks bid to defund Planned Parenthood

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year’s presidential and congressional elections. The derailed legislation was the Republican response to …

Confederate flags left near King’s church

Friday, July 31, 2015

ATLANTA — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church. It was the latest provocative act …

Ohio campus officer denies fatal shooting

Friday, July 31, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail. Fired UC officer Ray …

Calif. teen appears in court on charge of killing girl, 8

Friday, July 31, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl. Adrian Jerry …

Pope’s visit prompts anxiety in Philadelphia

Friday, July 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won’t be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they’ve been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for …

Debris on Reunion I. belongs to Boeing 777

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that …

House OKs money for highways, transit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to …

Lion killer stays away from protests at his Minn. dental office

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game …

NY prison worker admits she made ‘horrible mistake’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who got “caught up in the fantasy” of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the …

Ohio cop faces murder charge in motorist’s death

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and …

Holmes’ mother says therapist never told her he spoke of killing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene …