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Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, joined at right by incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Calif., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals yesterday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress’s annual August recess looming. Unless Democrats capitulate, “We’re going to be at an impasse, and we will … 0

Malaysia jet victims’ bodies arrive in Netherlands

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last yesterday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass around eastern … 0

U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks yesterday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to at least 695 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Underscoring the challenges facing international negotiators shuttling around the … 0

For Obama, foreign crises grow more challenging

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Surveying a dizzying array of international crises, President Obama stated the obvious: “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time.” And then suddenly, only a day later, the world had grown much more troubling, the … 5

Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in … 1

Study: Babies exercise language areas of brain before speaking

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Babies start with simple vowel sounds – ooh’s and aah’s. A mere months later, the cooing turns into babbling – “bababa” – showing off a newfound grasp of consonants. A new study has found that a key part of the brain involved in forming speech is firing away … 0

Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of … 0

More charging stations for electric cars in N.H.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Charging stations in New Hampshire for electric cars are becoming more available. This year, the New Hampshire Electric Co-op has partnered with a group of its commercial business members in a pilot program that added seven publicly available Electric Vehicle charging stations to the state’s network. Gary Lemay, … 0

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Sunday, July 20, 2014

International monitors moved gingerly yesterday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be … 0

Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground – in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast … 0

Officials: Boko Haram kills more than 100

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria’s military, just 53 miles from the northeastern state capital of Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said yesterday. Hundreds of villagers … 0

Officials: US drone strike kills 11 in NW Pakistan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan yesterday, killing 11 militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials said the strike happened in Datta Khel, a town in North Waziristan, where the Pakistani military has been carrying out … 0

HIV diagnoses rise among young gay men as total US cases drop

Saturday, July 19, 2014

While the number of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. dropped 33 percent in the last decade, new cases among young homosexual and bisexual men doubled, according to researchers who said prevention programs need to be expanded. Better screening and prevention has driven the decline among women … 0