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Persian rugs back in U.S. after Iran embargo lifted

updated: 02/08/2016 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The call came in to the rug store at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: After five days in U.S. customs, the first batch of carpets imported from Iran were ready for pickup.

Plane-collision searchers find remains

posted: 02/08/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes.

The nation in brief

updated: 02/08/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Roll-away inquiry mounts at Chrysler Federal regulators said late Saturday that they had intensified an investigation into about 856,000 Fiat Chrysler models, citing a concern that the vehicles could roll away when drivers think the automatic transmission is set on "park."

Names and faces

posted: 02/08/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu’s Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic The Revenant, with only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. Even the guilds are divided in their top awards.

In the news

updated: 02/08/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Mark Morris, 52, of San Diego was reunited with a lost branch of his family when a search for relatives of his grandfather Eugene Victor Call, who was killed in World War II's Battle of the Bulge, to give them Call's Purple Heart and other medals uncovered the connection.

Obama's gun-violence initiative slow to materialize

posted: 02/08/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The centerpiece of a plan for stemming gun violence that President Barack Obama announced last month largely amounts to an updated Web page and 10,000 pamphlets that federal agents will give out at gun shows.

Texas towns repeal sex-offender rules

posted: 02/08/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

A broad legal challenge has led more than 20 towns in Texas to ease restrictions over the last few months on where sex offenders can live rather than fight a costly battle in court.

Car flees police, crashes, burns; three die

posted: 02/08/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Three people died in a fiery crash after a car fleeing authorities crashed into a taxi in San Francisco, officials said Sunday.

Rising two target of debate rancor

posted: 02/07/2016 3:43 a.m. Comments 8

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, first-term senators on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals challenging Cruz's campaign tactics and Rubio's readiness to be president.

States finding consensus on guns, domestic abuse

updated: 02/07/2016 3:33 a.m. Comments 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.

Weight limits wobble as female Marines bulk up

posted: 02/07/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

As the Pentagon grapples with how to integrate women into all jobs in combat, the Marine Corps is considering something new: boosting how heavy it allows women to be so that they are able to bulk up in the gym to carry heavy loads more easily.

People of New England dig out

updated: 02/07/2016 3:21 a.m. Discuss

BOSTON -- New England is digging out from its first big snowfall of the season that dumped more than a foot in some places and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, as forecasters eye another potential winter storm early this week.

Twitter targets terrorist accounts

posted: 02/07/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced.

91 prisoners left at Guantanamo

updated: 02/07/2016 3:16 a.m. Discuss

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful.

Fliers say benefits few from airlines

updated: 02/07/2016 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Helped by falling oil prices, airlines are reporting record profits. But for many passengers this has meant little more than extra bags of free peanuts and pretzels.

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