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Tribes support changing feds’ recognition process

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

American Indians attending a hearing yesterday at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government’s plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further. They called for setting a time limit on the review process, which can sometimes take … 0

Gov. Patrick: I’ll sign abortion clinic bill soon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick said he plans to sign a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts House and Senate yesterday gave final passage to the legislation that would let the police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic’s entrances … 0

U.S., European Union impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions yesterday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his … 0

Helsinki airport to track passengers closely

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Helsinki’s airport will be the world’s first to track passengers to within feet, a plan being hailed as a technological breakthrough – and drawing scrutiny from privacy advocates. Sensors will monitor all mobile phones with Wi-Fi access turned on from parking lot to takeoff, helping to observe crowding … 0

U.S. appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mississippi’s effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court yesterday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee … 0

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war yesterday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of … 0

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say … 0

Veterans’ health care bill to cost $17 billion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday. The … 2

Oregon: Shunned at home, coal ships out

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener. For two … 0

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that the three-week-old conflict would end soon. Rebuffing appeals from President Obama, the United Nations and others for … 0

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked … 0

Brown calls for securing the border in new ad

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border. His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now … 1

As fighting rages in east Ukraine, U.S. releases images said to implicate Russia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rebels and government troops fired on each other’s positions yesterday in a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, sending residents into bomb shelters, as Washington released images that it said proved Russia is shooting across the border into … 0