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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 …

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dead at 22

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, the only child of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died at a Georgia hospice facility on Sunday. She was 22. Her dream was to become a star, beloved around the world, like her mother, the person in her life to whom she was …

Migrants Flee

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Two migrants pull an overcrowded dinghy with Syrian and Afghan refugees arriving from the Turkish coasts to the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday. Nearly 50,000 people have illegally entered the country this year, mostly Syrian refugees who …

Brain Disorder Center Closings Felt Nationwide

Monday, July 27, 2015

Concord — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. …

Highway Funds In Jeopardy

Monday, July 27, 2015

Washington — A congressional standoff over how to renew an expiring highway-funding bill pushed the Senate into a rare and heated Sunday session, but the legislative path forward remains unclear, leaving federal transportation projects hanging in the balance. Adding to the complication were votes Sunday on several unrelated …

Clinton Confronts Doubters in Iowa

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ames, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the weekend in Iowa confronting the enthusiasm gap facing her candidacy by reminding the Democratic base that she has been a reliable warrior for the causes it cares about most. Clinton …

Costs Have Hit State Health Markets Hard

Monday, July 27, 2015

Washington — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states. Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary …

Assad Vows Syria Will Win Civil War

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beirut — Syrian President Bashar Assad delivered a sober assessment of the state of his forces on Sunday, acknowledging a manpower shortage and conceding troop withdrawals from some areas, but asserting that the military was not facing collapse. …

Five-Day Cease-Fire Starts in Yemen

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes came to a halt in Yemen early today after a five-day humanitarian truce went into effect, witnesses and security officials said. However, ground fighting broke out almost immediately in the restive city of Taiz following random shelling by Shiite Houthi rebels in …

Officials: Iraqi Forces Retake Anbar University

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baghdad — Iraqi government forces recaptured Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group Sunday after hours of fierce clashes, provincial officials said, as part of its push to reclaim territory across the embattled province. The university, located 3 miles south of Anbar’s provincial capital, the militant-held city …

U.S. Math Coach Had a Feeling His Team Was Poised to Win Olympiad

Monday, July 27, 2015

For some, China’s dominance at the International Mathematical Olympiad seemed to confirm an unfortunate fact: Chinese students had gained an insurmountable upper hand over their American counterparts in math and science. But this month, the world’s toughest mathematical tournament between top-ranked high school students yielded an unexpected outcome. …