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This April 1, 2015 photo shows a Charter Communications van in St. Louis. Charter Communications on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 announced it is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Charter buying Time Warner Cable as TV viewers go online

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and internet giant. The deal comes a month after Comcast, the country’s largest cable provider and owner of …

Closed-door trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter begins

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An Iranian security court yesterday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government of the …

Cleveland, US Justice Department announce police settlement

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a settlement announced yesterday with the federal government that will put the 1,500-member department under an independent monitor. The settlement was made public three days after a white Cleveland patrolman was …

Police: US airman shoots Wal-Mart workers, kills self

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A United States airman “with no apparent motive” walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early yesterday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, the …

State House could be open on weekends starting next summer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The State House could open its doors to weekend visitors for the first time in roughly two decades starting next summer if a proposal approved by Senate budget writers yesterday becomes law. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously signed …

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As President Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at …

Cleveland reaches deal with Justice on policing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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 today, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official was not …

Malaysia: A better life

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment …

Biden reassures Iraqi PM of support

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government yesterday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense …

Obama pays tribute

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and thanking American soldiers and their families for sacrifices made from World War II through the war in Afghanistan. Obama said it was “a debt we will never …

Makers of fake grass find green in drought

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Christopher Knight makes no apologies: He likes a green lawn. But the actor best known for playing middle son Peter on The Brady Bunch also wants to do his part to conserve water. The solution? Fake grass. “It …

Mass. health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled …

Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but …