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President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants last night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama legislation that also provides funding for the government after the … 0

Huge turnout seen in Scotland’s independence vote

Friday, September 19, 2014

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment – and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath – after voters turned out in huge numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland’s 307-year union with England. Results that trickled in early today brought … 0

Man who shot mother, self, was law school student

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A man who authorities say fatally shot his mother, then killed himself, was a student at Vermont Law School. Authorities said 35-year-old Jonathan Trombly of Amherst, New Hampshire, shot his mother, 69-year-old Elizabeth Trombly, multiple times before shooting himself. Their bodies were discovered in a home Tuesday. The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1wrlox9) the Vermont Law School community learned about the case in … 0

Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Monday, September 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged yesterday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition … 0

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

Monday, September 15, 2014

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum Thursday. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending … 0

’Minecraft’ could boost Microsoft’s mobile reach

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game Minecraft could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can … 0

Shifting his views, Rand Paul seeks broader appeal - but may risk his outsider image

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure. He didn’t like the idea of a border fence – it was expensive, and it … 0

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Monday, September 15, 2014

The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After … 0

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Monday, September 15, 2014

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely … 1

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks – so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all of his teeth. Self-injury is one of … 0

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group – minus two of the main … 0

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

North Korea’s Supreme Court yesterday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said … 0

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats yesterday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another … 1