Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq’s request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq. 
  • Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM
    DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn’t solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says. 
  • Rare disease drug research surges
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits. 
  • GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. 
  • Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted. 
  • Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; Europe in shock
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:02 AM

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — 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 from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.

  • Nursing home bills squeeze insurers
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses. 
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers. 
  • US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay won’t jeopardize his commitment to end America’s longest war before leaving office. 
  • Shiite rebels fire on protesters in south Yemen
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 AM
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southwestern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war. 

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