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Bipartisan Health Bill Approved by House

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to the more than $200 billion health package faded and Obama signaled he would sign the plan. After a first quarter of 2015 …

Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudis Blast Houthi Rebels Targets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in a sudden air campaign aimed at halting the advance of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Residents packed their cars and fled the capital by every available route, and local news outlets reported at least 20 …

Crash Called ‘Deliberate’ Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, a French prosecutor said Thursday, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that killed all 150 people aboard. The conclusions, based on cockpit flight recordings recovered from the …

Plane Crash Kills 150 in Alps

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Seyne-Les-Alpes, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight …

Police: No Evidence Of Assault at UVa

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Charlottesville, Va. — A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday. The article, titled “A Rape …

Afghan Leaders Travel to U.S.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Camp David, Maryland — In a show of unity, U.S. and Afghan officials laid the groundwork for new relations between the two countries on Monday, including plans to seek American funding to maintain an Afghan security force of …

Cruz Will Compete for Tea Party, Evangelical Voters

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ted Cruz’s splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination. In a primary fight more up for grabs …

Global Warming Slowing Circulation of Oceans

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Washington — We’re now seeing a slowdown of the great ocean circulation that, among other planetary roles, helps to partly drive the Gulf Stream off the U.S. East Coast, according to a study just out in Nature Climate Change, by Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate …

U.S. Rejects Netanyahu’s ‘Arab’ Apology

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for racially provocative remarks he made about Arab voters on Israel’s election day last week, but the move failed to assuage critics of his campaign-trail tactics, which sparked outrage in Israel and drew rare public rebukes from the White …

Firms Sue to Stop Net Neutrality Rules

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Washington — Broadband providers have sued the Federal Communications Commission to try to stop tough new net neutrality regulations, the first step in an expected lengthy court fight over the online traffic rules. US Telecom, a trade group whose membership includes AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., filed …

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3 Dead In Scaffolding Collapse At High-Rise Under Construction Raleigh, N.C. — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital. All four men …

Afghan President: Delay Departure of Troops

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington — Top U.S. officials have shown a willingness to adjust President Obama’s plan for winding down the war in Afghanistan, allowing military commanders to delay troop departures and expanding combat authorities for forces remaining on the ground. …

More People Rely on Tax Refund Advances

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase …