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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.  President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states. In finalizing the unprecedented pollution controls, Obama was installing the core of his ambitious and controversial plan to …

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. While candidates and their teams have spent hours privately strategizing how best to tackle the billionaire businessman in Thursday’s debate, they publicly discounted the idea of Trump’s rise even …

Evidence of Trump’s charity hard to find

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, widely believed to the be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country’s most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings. Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and …

Turkey-Kurdish fighting worries NATO

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ISTANBUL — Fighting between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels escalated Tuesday amid signs of unease from NATO allies attending an emergency meeting about Turkey’s conflicts with the Islamic State group and the Kurds. On a violent day, …

Minn. man accused in African lion’s death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of …

Giant panda is oldest ever in captivity

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HONG KONG — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity has tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the …

Holmes an ‘excellent kid,’ dad testifies

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning …

More footage released from Texas jail

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey …

NTSB: Spacecraft developer should have accounted for human error

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California’s Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday. In …

Fla. teen sailors still lost at sea

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TEQUESTA, Fla. — Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried to maintain hope against the fading odds of their survival. The Coast Guard …

Congress opts for 3-month highway bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall. “This three-month extension represents the compromise that allows the House more time,” said Rep. …

Calif. teen suspected of killing girl, 8

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa …