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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, Syrians walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria. As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee while others hoard food, with some even hanging bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage as the U.N. warns that hundreds of thousands of people in Syria’s largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid. (Depo Photos via AP, File) TURKEY OUT

Syria’s largest city fears long siege

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BEIRUT — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria’s largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage. The U.N. warned Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of people could be cut off from humanitarian aid as siege …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive wish list, which comes as the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook is deteriorating, underscores the initiatives …

High court freezes Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the …

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan …

Syrian peace talks take ‘temporary pause’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GENEVA — The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking a break. The fighting is not. U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday there would be a “temporary pause” in the indirect peace …

Report OKs test embryos from DNA of 3 people

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — It’s ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people — dad, mom and an egg donor …

Still no answers in mystery of looping Iowa fight song

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The beat goes on near a Niagara Falls bistro. And on and on and on and on. What sounds like a marching band rendition of the University of Iowa fight song plays on a …

Campaigns turn to NH; Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican …

Ex-DA says Cosby is shielded from prosecution

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The former district attorney who declined a decade ago to bring sex-crime charges against Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that the decision was intended to forever close the door on prosecuting the comedian. Former Montgomery County …

Dutch police eye using eagles to prey on drones

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky. Police are working with a Hague-based …

San Diego settles sex suit against former mayor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN DIEGO — San Diego agreed to pay $667,000 on Tuesday to settle one of three unresolved sexual battery and harassment lawsuits against former Mayor Bob Filner. The payment ends a sexual harassment suit filed by Benelia Santos-Hunter, who worked as the mayor’s executive assistant before accusations of …

Generals: Women should have to register for draft

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the …