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Iraq Begins Attack

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beirut — Iraqi military and other pro-government forces on Tuesday launched an offensive, spearheaded by Shiite Muslim militias, to recapture Ramadi from Islamic State fighters who seized the city last week. The state-run media quoted the military command saying “wide-ranging” operations commenced to “liberate” Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. There were no immediate reports of major battles along an extensive front line that has been …

Sanders Launches His Bid

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Burlington — Challenging Hillary Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a “political revolution” to transform the nation’s economy and politics. Sanders, who entered the Democratic race in late April, formally opened his White House campaign in …

Appeals Court Rules Against Obama

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to allow one of President Obama’s signature immigration proposals to move forward, throwing into doubt whether the program will even begin before the president leaves office. In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans denied the Obama administration’s emergency request to lift a lower court’s injunction stopping the …

U.S. Producers Fear Retaliation Over Labeling Law

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — California ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to peel away a country-of-origin labeling law they fear will hurt the state. Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a World Trade Organization ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for …

‘Harvey Girls’ Honored For Role in U.S. History

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Santa Fe, n.m. — New Mexico recognized the legacy of the Harvey Girls on Saturday, the thousands of women credited with helping transform the West by taking waitressing jobs along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line. Gov. Susana Martinez and the mayors of Santa Fe and …

Socialite Happy Rockefeller Dead

Sunday, May 24, 2015

“Most people can get a divorce without having the world hang on it,” Margaretta “Happy” Rockefeller once told a reporter. But in 1963, divorce was still a scandal. And she and her husband were not “most people.” That …

Victor Salvi, Who Rescued Harp From Irrelevance, Dies

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Victor Salvi, a scion of an Italian musical dynasty who became one of the world’s pre-eminent manufacturer of harps — a musician, artisan and businessman dubbed the “lord of the strings,” — died May 10 at a hospital …

Attorney Who Defended RFK Assassin Dies at 90

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — Godfrey Isaac always loved celebrities. As a child, he idolized Hollywood movie stars. As an adult, he defended them in the courtroom. When Judy Garland sought an annulment from actor and fourth husband Mark Herron …

Oil Production Soars; So Do Pipeline Leaks

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline last week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual …

Ohio Officer Cleared in Shooting

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cleveland — A white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a …

Senate Lets Patriot Act Lapse

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect domestic phone records is likely to expire with the Senate paralyzed over what to do about the Patriot Act. The Senate left Washington for a weeklong vacation after an early morning session Saturday. With the provision used to justify …

Slain Archbishop Romero Beatified

Sunday, May 24, 2015

San Salvador, El Salvador — Huge crowds filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin’s bullet 35 years ago and declared …

Money Talk: Getting College Graduates Off to a Good Financial Start

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Question: My son will be graduating from college this June. He is fortunate to have already landed a good job, starting in August, and will be managing his own finances for the first time. His company provides a full benefits package, retirement fund, profit-sharing, a hiring bonus and …