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  • N. Korea races to boost power in time for party anniversary

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is racing to boost its electricity supply by up to 50 percent with the completion of several generating stations by the end of the year and is pushing…

  • Japan, Philippines huddle amid increasing China concerns

    TOKYO (AP) — The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country’s deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about China’s assertiveness in…

  • Oil and gas turn their backs on coal as climate deal nears

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Chemistry books say there are three fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. Lately you could get the impression that coal is the only one. As a global agreement to rein in…

  • Calif. student gets OK to wear eagle feather at graduation

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Native American student who sued his California school district because it refused to let him wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation will be able to wear the…

  • Taiwan candidate seeks to reassure US on China ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate will look to reassure U.S. officials this week that victory in the January 2016 election for her party, which Beijing views with suspicion, won’t revive tensions across the…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    IRAN-AMERICAN CAPTIVES Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans held in Iran are calling on the Obama administration to do more to press for their release…

  • Chafee to unveil presidential run, puzzling longtime allies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to formally open his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, setting off on a quixotic political quest that has left even some of…

  • McConnell’s role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered. The Kentucky Republican had…

  • S. Korea test-fires missiles that can strike all of N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired two domestically built ballistic missiles that can hit all of North Korea, officials said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North’s push…

  • White House Brief: Things to know about Lincoln Chafee

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A snapshot of former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to announce Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia, that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination: ___ THE BRIEF Lincoln…

  • Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had…

  • In Turkish parliamentary campaign, Erdogan is everywhere

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As Turkey’s president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan is supposed to be the invisible man in the upcoming general election, constitutionally bound to remain above the fray. Instead, it’s been all about him.…

  • Nevada stays with caucus system

    DENVER (AP) — Nevada is keeping its caucuses for selecting presidential nominees, disappointing supporters of several Republican presidential contenders who had hoped to shift the early-voting state to a system of primaries. Caucuses are considered…

  • Greek PM heads to Brussels to present latest deal proposal

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is heading to Brussels Wednesday to discuss his radical-left government’s proposal for a long-delayed deal with Greece’s creditors that Athens hopes will unlock vitally needed bailout…

  • California’s largest lake threatened by urban water transfer

    SALTON CITY, Calif. (AP) — Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California’s largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds…