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Senate votes to give Obama fast-track authority on Pacific Rim trade deal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Barack Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure yesterday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s chances, and its fate in the House remains a toss-up because Obama faces entrenched opposition from his own party. But yesterday’s victory kept …

Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend – and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security. Locals say there are rarely problems during the Bikefest in Atlantic Beach, a predominantly black enclave of just 350 year-round residents outside the …

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn’t she married to a fighter from the Islamic extremist group? As scores of young Nigerian women and …

ISIS head of oil operations killed in U.S. raid in Syria

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved. A team …

Court sentences ousted president Morsi to death

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Cairo court sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi to death yesterday on charges of conspiring with foreign militants to break out of prison during Egypt’s uprising four years ago. The verdict, which can be appealed, marks a stunning blow to the pro-democracy revolt that saw thousands of Egyptians …

US drone strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pakistani intelligence officials said missiles fired from a U.S. drone struck a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing five militants. The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said three of the militants …

Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATO’s expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russia’s expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic …

Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage through a popular vote

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Catholic and deeply conservative, Ireland was long known as one of the toughest places in the Western world to be gay. Homosexuality was only decriminalized here in 1993, following years of pressure from European authorities. But now Ireland may be preparing for its coming-out party, with a referendum …

Widening corruption scandals swirl around New York governor

Saturday, May 16, 2015

They were Albany’s most powerful men: the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly speaker. Together, they negotiated billion-dollar budgets and decided which bills passed and which ones didn’t. Now two face federal corruption charges, and the third …

Bush’s tough week exposes challenges

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jeb Bush worked his way through the dim hallway of an Arizona resort for hours, shuttling from room to room and meeting with dozens of Republican officials, many for the first time. He was in need of a …

Public input sought on 10-year wildlife action plan

Friday, May 15, 2015

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking people around the state for their input on a 10-year revision of its Wildlife Acton Plan that aims to protect species from becoming endangered. The revision is required by states for them to qualify for State Wildlife Grant funds …

Maine, packed with moose, didn’t have so many ticks

Friday, May 15, 2015

Maine’s state animal – the moose – fared better with potentially deadly ticks this past winter than in previous years, but the herd remains imperiled by the parasites in northern New England and beyond, wildlife biologists said. Moose calf mortality in the state, which has the largest moose …

Massachusetts officials unveil new marijuana dispensary rules

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program. The changes outlined yesterday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as pharmacies, are …