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Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT – A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought some relief to a war-weary country. The renewed violence is ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the 5-year-old conflict. About 200 civilians have been killed in the past week, nearly half of them around Aleppo. There has even been shelling in Damascus, along with a car bomb – both rarities for the capital.

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Democrats eye Senate takeover after establishment wins

WASHINGTON – Democrats are increasingly optimistic they will take back control of the Senate in November’s elections. Their hopes were boosted by Tuesday night’s outcome in the key battleground of Pennsylvania. The Democratic establishment choice, Katie McGinty, easily dispatched her ...

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According to a source, Ted Cruz has chosen Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he wins the Republican presidential nomination. (Mike Carlson / AP)

Cruz selects Fiorina as running mate, AP source says

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz has tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina to serve as his running mate. The Texas senator plans to unveil his pick for vice president Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis. That’s according to a Republican ...

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Trump: Foreign policy will be ‘America first’

In a rare formal policy speech, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to put American security “above all else” if elected president, warning allies they would be left to defend themselves if they don’t “pay their fair share.” He also called for an easing of tensions with Russia “from a position of strength, only.”

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In this June 9, 2015, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to prison

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations that he sexually abused teenagers decades ago while coaching at an Illinois high school.

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Parting Shot — 8.30.16

Miss Rhode Island, Shruti Nagarajan waves as she is introduced during Miss America Pageant arrival ceremonies Tuesday in Atlantic City. The contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia ...

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