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At least two reported critically injured in N.Y. building collapse

updated: 03/26/2015 3:44 p.m. Discuss

A building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, and at least two people were critically injured, firefighters said.

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

posted: 03/26/2015 7:58 a.m. Comments 4

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said.

U.S. sends jets against group in Tikrit fight

updated: 03/26/2015 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

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 Pentagon said.

Army sets desertion charge for ex-captive

updated: 03/26/2015 4:24 a.m. Comments 7

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his Army outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, was captured by the Taliban and was held by the Haqqani insurgent network until May, is being charged with desertion, the Army announced Wednesday.

In U.S., Ghani vows Afghan self-reliance

posted: 03/26/2015 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-torn country will be self-reliant within this decade.

U.S. Senate OKs bid to cut U.N. funding in Israel fray

updated: 03/26/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

With no objections, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that would allow Congress to cut off funding to the United Nations if the international governing body forces a resolution between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank.

Cry of bias said risk for GOP on Lynch

posted: 03/26/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Republicans blocking the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch risk playing into a theme that their opposition to President Barack Obama is based on race, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said.

Justices seen split on EPA rules

updated: 03/26/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday that they are divided over rules from President Barack Obama's administration that would cut emissions from 460 coal-fired power plants.

House OKs proposal to cut $5 trillion

updated: 03/26/2015 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The Republican-controlled House approved a budget blueprint Wednesday that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.

Clinton fundraising to key on primaries, Democrats say

posted: 03/26/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fundraising team plans to raise money only for the presidential primaries when she launches her 2016 campaign and initially will avoid general-election fundraising.

The nation in brief

updated: 03/26/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

King, Wallace daughters mark march MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The daughters of two major figures of the civil-rights era, Martin Luther King Jr. and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, shared a stage Wednesday on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting-rights march.

Name and faces

updated: 03/26/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The BBC decided Wednesday not to renew the contract of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after a fracas with his producer, ending his connection to the program built around macho banter, off-color jokes and cars. BBC Director-General Tony Hall concluded that Clarkson struck and for 30 minutes verbally attacked producer Oisin Tymon while they were filming on location, leaving Tymon with a swollen and bloody lip. The producer went to a hospital for treatment. Hall acknowledged that lifting the presenter of the program "will divide opinion."

In the news

updated: 03/25/2015 10:49 p.m. Discuss

Zayn Malik announced that he is leaving chart-topping boy band One Direction "to be a normal 22-year-old" as the group, currently on a world tour, said it would continue with the four remaining members and record an album later this year.

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

posted: 03/25/2015 2:03 p.m. Comments 12

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official said the Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service.

Putting brakes on Afghan pullout, U.S. to leave 9,800 till year's end

updated: 03/25/2015 4:30 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

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