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Children play under the water that they manage to spill over from a water tank, to cool off from the summer heat, at the Alemao Complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan. 29, 2015. The next day it’s unusually beastly hot, scientists say you can blame three-quarters of it on humans. As climate change gets worse around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Study: Humans Cause 75% of Hottest Days

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate. And as climate change worsens around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according …

Lynch Sworn in as U.S. Attorney General awaits

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington — Loretta Lynch made history Monday as she became the nation’s first female African-American attorney general, who now must confront a litany of legal, political and management challenges. Vice President Joe Biden swore in the 55-year-old Baptist minister’s daughter, a native of Greensboro, N.C., ending a drawn-out Capitol Hill struggle that began with Lynch’s nomination last Nov. 8. Since then, political calculations …

Report: Sen. Wanted U.S. Citizen Killed

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington — Civil liberties groups raised concerns Monday about reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, had called in 2013 for the CIA to hunt down and kill an American citizen who had become a top al-Qaida operative, rather than capturing him for trial. The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said the case of Muhanad Mahmoud Al …

Nepal Quake Death Toll Tops 4,000

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — As the death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 …

Prosecutor: Colo. Shooter ‘Meticulous’

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — During an intense two-hour opening statement, the district attorney for Arapahoe County on Monday painted a picture of a “cool” and “meticulous” planner who had thought about killing people for much of his life, and ended up slaughtering a dozen and injuring 70 more nearly …

Governor: State of Emergency in Baltimore

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Baltimore — Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency as night fell and …

ESPN Files Suit Against Verizon Over Unbundling of Its Sports Channel

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. The complaint filed Monday in New York’s state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the …

The Giant Volcano Is Alive

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In …

Aftershocks Terrify Survivors

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalis braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors of the massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation a day earlier, killing more …

Iraqi Army Claims Progress in Anbar Province

Monday, April 27, 2015

Baghdad — Iraq’s army announced it was making progress in the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the …

Indonesia Gives 72-Hour Execution Notice to Drug Traffickers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. Authorities also …

Justices Divided On Gay Marriage

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington — Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia were born in the same year, chosen by the same president, live on the same Northern Virginia street and, in serving together on the Supreme Court longer than any current pair of justices, have many times voted the same conservative …

YouTube Turns Political World Upside Down

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington — Ten years ago this week, the first-ever YouTube video was uploaded. It involved a zoo. And elephants. But it wasn’t until more than a year later that YouTube got real for politicians. On Aug. 15, 2006, the macaca video was uploaded to the site. At the …