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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 …

Cruise ship freed after running aground off Bermuda

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship heading to Boston with nearly 3,500 passengers and crew was freed late Tuesday about 6½ hours after it ran aground while leaving Bermuda, officials said. Small boats, divers …

Texas files charges vs. 170 bikers

Monday, May 18, 2015

WACO, Texas — About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects …

Experts: US delusional over Ramadi rout

Monday, May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous. “‘Delusional,’ really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. …

Graham: I’m running

Monday, May 18, 2015

ATLANTA — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed Monday he will run for president in 2016, saying he believes he would be the best choice to serve as commander in chief amid continued unrest in the …

Mindful of unsettling effect, Obama restricts police military gear

Monday, May 18, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should …

NTSB: No bullet hit train before crash

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities said Monday they’re unsure anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train minutes before a deadly derailment in Philadelphia last week, adding another twist to the investigation the day trains started running to New …

Mudslide in Colombia kills dozens

Monday, May 18, 2015

SALGAR, Colombia — An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 52 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Residents were stirred …

Facing $1B deficit, Arizona cuts welfare

Monday, May 18, 2015

PHOENIX — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after …

Scientists’ discovery opens door to homemade morphine, without poppies

Monday, May 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine …

Amtrak restores NE service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains will resume service Monday in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders following last week’s deadly derailment, officials announced Sunday. Company president Joseph Boardman said Amtrak staff and crew have been working “around …