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FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Lawyers for the convicted spy Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel.  (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

Convicted Spy Granted Parole

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington — Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison, has been granted parole and will be released in November, according to his lawyers. The decision marks the resolution of an espionage case that was a source of friction between the United States and Israel for decades, and it comes at a time when the two countries are at odds over a U.S.-backed nuclear accord with Iran. In a statement issued by his attorneys, Pollard said that he “is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther” and expressed …

Insurance Prices Lower for Couples

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your driving record seems a legitimate risk for insurers to consider when they price auto insurance. But your marital status? Yes, young men in red sports cars will pay more for coverage than everyone else, but it’s hard to see how being widowed, divorced or separated has much to do with the odds you’ll be in an accident. Yet single, separated and divorced …

Dentist Accused of Poaching Beloved Lion

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. The American faces …

For Chinese Investors, a Crisis of Faith

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beijing — Another day, another stock rout. And the Chinese government can’t seem to stop the slip. Chinese stocks sank again Tuesday, with the Shanghai Composite dropping 1.7 percent, on top of Monday’s 8.5 percent tumble, and Shenzhen Composite losing 2.2 percent. The volatility ended three weeks of …

Teens Strayed Into Open Ocean

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tequesta, Fla. — Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried to maintain hope against the fading odds of their survival. The Coast Guard …

Administration Officials Defend Iran Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington — Three Cabinet secretaries on Tuesday defended the Iran nuclear agreement before hostile members of Congress who heaped scorn on the deal, on Iran and on the negotiators. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz …

Sources: EPA Will Ease Pollution Rule Deadlines

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington — The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, sources familiar with the plans said Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency will give states an additional two years — until …

Libya Sentences Gadhafi’s Son to Death

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tripoli, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi’s son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country’s 2011 uprising. …

CDC Cites Teen’s Death as Evidence of Dangers of Edible Pot

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing chilling new details about a 19-year-old college student who leaped four stories to his death at a Holiday Inn in Denver after eating a pot cookie. The case is Exhibit A in a stern warning about the …

Boy Scouts End Gay Leader Ban

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Boy Scouts of America, facing litigation, shrinking membership and sweeping acceptance of gay rights, voted on Monday to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders and employees. The national organization will no longer allow …

House, Senate Clash Over Highway Bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual …

El Nino Is Coming On Strong

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. It’s El …

Odds Are Everyone Is Poor at Some Point in Life

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The poor in America are not a permanent class of people. Who’s poor in any given year is different from who’s poor a few years later. Census data on who participates in assistance programs suggests as much. But Mark Rank, a sociologist at Washington University, has …