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A police officer checks IDs as Turkish police raid homes in the Haci Bayram neighborhood of the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. Security forces has detained at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency said. The Anadolu Agency said those detained in the Haci Bayram neighborhood include a number of foreign nationals. It did not give details of the foreigners' home countries. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

US, Turkey plan Syrian ‘safe zone’

Monday, July 27, 2015

BEIRUT — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed …

House, Senate clash over highway bill

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates …

Cosby lawyers object to release of deposition

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Thursday asked a judge to hold an accuser’s attorney responsible for the release of the comedian’s deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case. They fault Andrea Constand’s lawyers for the weekend release …

Israel, GOP pan Iran nuclear deal

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Backed by Israel, Republicans on Wednesday forcefully challenged President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as the White House dispatched a Cabinet-level lobbying team to build support for the agreement to ease sanctions in exchange for …

GOP contenders must adjust to ‘Trumpism’

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AIKEN, S.C. — Donald Trump is on his way to the Mexican border, the latest event in a presidential campaign some of his rivals would like to dismiss as a sideshow — a “carnival act,” as one puts …

Federal charges for church gunman include hate crimes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The man accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a “notorious attack” when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship …

Obama heads to father’s homeland for first time as president

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for a young man — and future …

British university’s Quran parchment among oldest

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LONDON — A British university disclosed Wednesday that scientific tests prove a Quran manuscript in its collection is one of the oldest known and may have been written close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. The announcement …

Poll: US conservatives’ approval of pope falling

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis’ approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll …

Fire in Glacier forces tourists to leave cars

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. — A fast-moving wildfire in Glacier National Park torched a car and forced tourists to abandon their rides on the Montana park’s most popular roadway while officials evacuated hotels, campgrounds and homes near the park’s eastern …

Report: Teens’ morning-after pill use climbs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily …

World mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming …