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FILE - In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)

Military Holding Ex-Boko Haram Captives

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yola, Nigeria — 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 children are rescued from …

6 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

Friday, May 22, 2015

Baltimore — Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictments at a late-afternoon news conference at her downtown office. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby announced criminal charges against the officers. Some charges were slightly different than what Mosby announced on …

Congress Can’t Agree on NSA Data Collection

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives left Thursday for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate. The House last week overwhelmingly passed a bill that would change the NSA data collection program while …

Friday, May 22, 2015

Clinton’s Emails Show Correspondence on Benghazi Washington — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on …

Boy Scouts Leader: End Ban on Gays

Friday, May 22, 2015

Robert M. Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Thursday that the organization’s ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained” and urged the group to end its national ban. “I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement,” …

Senate Gives Obama Authority on Trade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure Thursday, 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 …

Report: Privacy Rules Slow to be Implemented

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The Justice Department flouted for seven years a provision requiring it to create privacy rules for use of an intelligence-gathering tool authorized by the USA Patriot Act, the department’s inspector general said in a new report. The law in question is Section 215 of the Patriot …

Fabled Syria Ruins, Artifacts Under Islamic State Control

Friday, May 22, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State militants have entered the museum in the captured Syrian city of Palmyra, but there was no immediate word about the fate of precious artifacts or of the fabled ruins outside town, Syria’s antiquities chief …

School Security Is Up, And Violence Is Down

Friday, May 22, 2015

The rate of violent incidents in the nation’s public schools fell between the 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 school years, a period in which security measures such as surveillance cameras became more widespread, according to new federal data released Thursday. The reported reduction in violence comes even as high-profile crimes, …

Complaints Lead to Shorter Common Core Tests

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Common Core-aligned tests that made their debut in 11 states and the District of Columbia this spring will be approximately 90 minutes shorter next year, a change that comes after parents, teachers and school administrators expressed frustration with the amount of time devoted to the new exams. …

Bin Laden Read Up on America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Months before he was finally found by the CIA and killed, Osama bin Laden wrote that it might be time for him to move. In a letter voicing deep frustration with the isolation at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the al-Qaida leader contemplated a departure that might have …

What We Can Learn From Osama Bin Laden’s Reading List

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What does Osama bin Laden’s reading list have to tell us? Made public Wednesday morning by the office of the director of national intelligence, it lists 103 documents, from U.S. government reports to published works of nonfiction that reveal bin Laden to be a smart and educated adversary, …

U.S. Official: Iraq Reeling From Islamic State Offensive

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington — Iraq’s security forces are reeling from last week’s ferocious Islamic State takeover of the capital of Iraq’s largest province and must regroup before even thinking of staging a counterattack, a senior State Department official said Wednesday in the Obama administration’s most sober assessment to date of …