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A makeshift donation envelope for a legal fund, with the wording of Easter offering crossed out, sits atop of a collection box at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  Parishioners occupying a closed Catholic church for nearly 11 years may be at their end. A state judge has ordered the Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini, which has occupied the church day and night since October 2004, to vacate by May 29. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Outfitted with Wi-Fi, cable television, snacks and comfortable armchairs, the vestibule at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone’s living room these days, if not for the brilliant stained glass window that takes up an entire wall. The confessional area and sacristy, where priests vestments are traditionally kept, have been converted into cozy sleeping …

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 …

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 officer acquitted in killings of unarmed pair

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Cleveland police officer was acquitted Saturday for his role in the 2012 fatal shooting of two unarmed people in a car after officers mistook the sound of the car backfiring as gunshots. After a four-week trial, a …

Threat to nation’s parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A government fund that has helped preserve some of the nation’s most iconic parks – from Gettysburg’s battlefields to the Everglades and the Appalachian Trail – could disappear as early as fall because of a congressional dispute over how the program’s revenues should be spent, U.S. officials warn. …

In Brief: NSA phone surveillance provision set to expire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise …

California: Farmers strike drought deal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal yesterday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts …

ISIS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Islamic State militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said yesterday. The purge, …

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report yesterday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard …

Cigarette packs must concede addictive intent, not deception

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco makers must say on cigarette packages that they’re “intentionally designed” to ensure addiction, a federal appeals court said. The companies don’t, however, have to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. That’s the decision of a Washington-based appeals court yesterday …

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved. …

Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s …