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‘The Cosmopolitans’ Leads the Pack of New Amazon Offerings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here comes the third round of Amazon pilots, even before we’ve seen the fruits of the second. The first gave the world Garry Trudeau’s (neologism alert) Republicom Alpha House, whose second season began filming in July. Jill Soloway’s Transparent, one of four green-lighted pilots from the last batch, arrives as a series to stream via Amazon.com in late September. It’s useful to remember that pilots are only pilots. They are …

Syria Fears: Extremists Return Home

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in …

Obama Says Immigration Needs Time

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — President Obama is suggesting that he will defer his self-imposed deadline for announcing an expected change in immigration policy, as the White House wrestles with the political and legal dilemmas involved in making significant alterations without congressional approval. Fed up with congressional gridlock, the president has said he’ll use his executive power to make changes. One proposal under discussion would delay …

Obama Still Determining Syria Strategy

Friday, August 29, 2014

Washington — The United States faces no small task in drumming up allies to fight the Islamic State as part of a new coalition that foreign policy analysts already are criticizing as a hollow effort unless the Obama administration proves a commitment to wading into a conflict it’s …

Clinton Breaks Silence on Ferguson, Calls for Fixing System

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing events in Ferguson., Mo., for the first time, said Thursday she was heartbroken by the police shooting of Michael Brown and called for the country to address the racial inequalities that skew the criminal justice system. “We can do better,” she said in lengthy …

Call to Missing Jet May Alter Search Area

Friday, August 29, 2014

Canberra, Australia — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the …

Insurers Still Discourage Sickest Enrollees

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. …

White House Mulls Higher Limits For Immigrants’ Green Cards

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Washington — The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to …

Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip —In war, nobody wants to be the last to die. In Gaza, it was the chief of the electric company’s maintenance division and his deputy. In Israel, it was a pair of volunteers working a security detail on their kibbutz. The four deaths on …

Battle Rages on Ukrainian Coast

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine’s strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops. The bold offensive along a new southeastern front …

AP News in Brief at 10:58 p.m. EDT

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. Journalist’s Mother Pleads For His Life BEIRUT — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including …

FBI Probes Bank Hacking

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York (ap) — The FBI says it’s working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions. A report on Bloomberg.com says the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers may have retaliated against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions …

Exec, Former FBI Agent, Qataris Sought to Free Peter Theo Curtis

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Last month, an American media executive arrived in Doha with a retired FBI agent known for his extensive contacts within the government of Qatar. The two men had come to meet with Ghanim Khalifa al-Kubaisi, the chief of Qatar’s intelligence service, to discuss the whereabouts of …