• Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there. General John F. Campbell said the group's sophisticated social media campaign was...

  • Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby. Once a house painter and now a member in a volunteer...

  • Christie criticizes Senate's failure to extend Patriot Act

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences. The Senate failed early Saturday morning to advance a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the law. Critics of the government's...

  • Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed...

  • UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats. Ban...

  • After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky.,...

  • Anger builds among unionized workforce at Bath Iron Works

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BATH, Maine (AP) — The last time Bath Iron Works looked beyond Navy shipbuilding, workers agreed to a contract aimed at boosting efficiency by allowing shipbuilders to learn and perform multiple tasks. President Clinton heaped praise on the shipyard for innovation, but those provisions...

  • Editorials from around New England

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: The Norwich Bulletin (Conn.), May 19, 2015 On May 20— or, rather, in the wee hours of May 21, the time at which insomniacs and odd-shift workers are most accustomed to spending time with him...

  • NC releases resource guide, updated website for veterans

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has announced the release of the 2015 resource guide for veterans, along with an updated website that focuses on federal Veterans Affairs benefits and other issues. The guide and website are called NC4Vets. In addition to benefits, they provide...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama...

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