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Net failures reveal gaps in broadband

updated: 03/29/2015 8:32 p.m. Comment 1

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert in February, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Indiana leader defends new law seen as anti-gay

updated: 03/29/2015 11:09 p.m. Comments 2

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended a new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against homosexuals and said Sunday that it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.

Hashtag, boycott are confusing to Indiana

posted: 03/30/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 2

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana conservatives watched their brethren in state after state approve legislation that, supporters said, was written to ensure the religious rights of their residents. Kansas in 2013, Mississippi in April, and, on Friday, the Arkansas Senate.

Philly corruption trial set to start

updated: 03/30/2015 12:29 a.m. Discuss

PHILADELPHIA -- A sweeping police corruption case starting today in Philadelphia will largely rest on the credibility of about 20 drug suspects and one turncoat officer as it plays out after the wholesale dismissal of scores of cases developed by members of an elite narcotics unit now accused of pocketing cash and cocaine seized on the job.

1st lady exhorts black girls at N.J. event

updated: 03/30/2015 12:29 a.m. Comment 1

NEWARK, N.J. -- First lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

Drownings surge in illegal Rio Grande crossings

updated: 03/30/2015 12:30 a.m. Discuss

MISSION, Texas -- A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river.

The nation in brief

updated: 03/29/2015 7:50 p.m. Discuss

Bodies of 2 found at site of NYC blast

Names and faces

posted: 03/30/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

British police are investigating a death threat made to the head of the BBC after the broadcaster fired Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson over an assault on a colleague.

In the news

posted: 03/30/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis opened Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass for some 70,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square, dedicating prayer to the 150 people killed in the Germanwings plane crash in France.

Two in Cuba to stay

updated: 03/28/2015 3:13 p.m. Discuss

HAVANA -- She had the chance to leave Cuba many times.

Nuke talks near close, envoys say gaps wide

updated: 03/29/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

Foreign ministers from nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran joined talks on Saturday as negotiators suggested they are still far from bridging their differences.

Limit high court terms, Huckabee says

posted: 03/29/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Saturday for the imposition of term limits on U.S. Supreme Court justices, saying the nation's founders never intended to create lifetime, irrevocable posts.

Iran letter stirs debate on meaning of 'sent'

updated: 03/28/2015 3:05 a.m. Comments 8

A letter to Iranian leaders by Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton earlier this month has unleashed a debate on the meaning of "correspondence" in the digital age and whether the letter violated a 216-year-old federal law banning citizens from communicating with foreign officials.

With squid skin, scientists see invisibility

updated: 03/28/2015 3:17 p.m. Discuss

For the past century or so, military scientists say, the United States has been locked in a perpetual search for new ways to deceive its enemies' eyes.

Shot Boston officer kept in coma

updated: 03/29/2015 3:04 a.m. Comment 1

BOSTON -- A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said.

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