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Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in ÒStar TrekÓ died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Los Angeles — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called Star Trek, he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. “I really didn’t give it a lot of thought,” he later recalled. “The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim.” By the time Star Trek finished …

Congress Funds Homeland Security for One Week

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Washington — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama’s immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little …

Q&A: Who Is Right?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.” “Today …

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christian Hostages Moved To Islamic State Stronghold Beirut — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian …

3 in N.Y., Fla. Accused of Plot to Help Islamic State

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New York — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States, and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …

Clinton Foundation Violated Agreement

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Washington — The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday. …

World & Nation Briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UN Officials Fear an Attack on Mosul Will Displace 1.5 Million People Geneva — A planned offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State insurgents, perhaps as soon as April, could send more than 1.5 million …

VA Chief McDonald Apologizes for Special Forces Claim

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald apologized Tuesday for erroneously telling a homeless veteran who had served in the special forces that he also had been a part of the elite military operatives. “In an attempt to connect with that veteran and make him feel comfortable, …

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill seeking to force him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, just the third veto of his presidency. Republican leaders pledge to keep pushing for the 1,179-mile pipeline to ship crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to Texas. But …

McConnell Offers Plan To Fund DHS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money Friday if Congress fails to act. McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s willing to hold a vote on a bill funding the …

Yellen Walks A Tightrope

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen navigated the tricky job of managing expectations on Tuesday in her first public comments on interest rate policy in more than two months. She wanted the world to know the Fed isn’t ready yet to raise rates from record lows. The …

Man Guilty in ‘American Sniper’ Death

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stephenville, Texas — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the American Sniper author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered …

Militias Pop Up In Afghanistan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mazar-E Sharif, Afghanistan — The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war. One lost four fingers fighting Taliban militants. Another lost his right leg fighting the Soviets. Now, seated in a bare room …