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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — After three weeks and nearly 50 amendment votes, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Passage secured not only a top Republican policy victory, but a political success for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made Keystone his priority. The issue also became the first test of his promise to return the Senate to freewheeling debate and a more open …

Poll: Scientists, Public Divided

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s …

Afghanistan Shooting Kills Three Americans

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kabul — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack. It was unclear how the contractors were attacked. Suspicion fell immediately on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security …

Where Did The Snow Go? Blizzard Was A Miss, Not A Bust

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well Tuesday. Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful …

Obama: U.S., India ‘Best’ Partners

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Delhi — President Obama laid out a sweeping vision for the future of U.S.-India relations here Tuesday, pushing India on human rights issues while asserting that the relationship between the two countries could become one of the …

Secret Talks in Jordan Aim To Secure Release of Hostages

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beirut — Japanese officials were tight-lipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. …

Baghdad Flights Suspended After Shots Hit Airliner

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baghdad — Most of the international airlines flying to Iraq canceled flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit a plane as it was landing, injuring a child passenger and raising fears for the safety of travelers. Iraqi officials described the incident Monday as “minor” and urged carriers …

Leahy Among Those Urging Seizure Reform

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington — The wave of opposition to the nation’s civil asset forfeiture laws grew a little larger on Tuesday as advocacy groups spoke out in favor of legislative reforms supported by members of both political parties. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sent a letter to every …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gunmen Storm Luxury Hotel in Libya, Killing 10, Including American, Europeans Tripoli, Libya (ap) — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on …

Obama Aims To Strengthen Ties to India

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama vowed Monday to accelerate U.S. trade and investment in India, saying both nations need to do more to capitalize on the “untapped potential” in a relationship that could define economic and environmental health in both countries. “In our globalized world, the fortunes of the United States …

70 Years Later, Auschwitz Survivors Still Meet to Remember, Persevere

Monday, January 26, 2015

There are fewer and fewer of those who still remember. The Russian army entered Auschwitz — the network of extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland — on Jan. 27, 1945, liberating the most notorious site of the Holocaust. In the decades since, groups of survivors …

Milk Industry Pushes Back on ‘Anti-Dairy Folks’

Monday, January 26, 2015

New York — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the …

Islamic State Flees Key Kurdish Town in Syria

Monday, January 26, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed Tuesday to have lifted the Islamic State’s four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run. “The Islamic State …