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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

Attorney General Loretta  Lynch talks with police officers in Indianapolis as part of her national Community Policing Tour on  April 13. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

U.S. to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs

States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in announcing a set of measures aimed at helping smooth the return to society for the hundreds of thousands of inmates released each year.

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In this Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work speaks at the Pentagon. (Cliff Owen / Associated Press)

Pentagon, Congress at odds over base closures

The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.

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U.S President Barack Obama speaks in front of the European Union Flag at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, on Monday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Obama: New U.S. troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move essential to keeping up momentum against the group.

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Gunmen in Acapulco attack police at headquarters, hotel

ACAPULCO, Mexico – Armed men in Mexico have launched near-simultaneous assaults on police in the resort city of Acapulco, setting off shootouts in which one attacker was killed and one officer wounded. The attacks took place Sunday night against federal ...

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Husband arrested after wife’s body found in well

MONTICELLO, Ky. – Authorities have arrested the husband of a woman whose body was found in a well in south-central Kentucky. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets that 29-year-old Joseph Jones was arrested Saturday on charges of murder-domestic ...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016

British astronaut Tim Peake in action running the London Marathon while strapped to a treadmill to counter the lack of gravity at the International Space Station on Sunday. (esa / European Space Agency (ESA) via AP)

UK astronaut Tim Peake runs marathon aboard space station

LONDON – British astronaut Tim Peake has completed the London Marathon – from 250 miles above Earth. Peake ran the 26.2-mile race harnessed to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, with a simulation of the route through London’s streets playing on an iPad.

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Obama dismisses North Korea proposal on halting nuke tests

NEW YORK – A day after North Korea’s foreign minister told the Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn’t taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would “have to do better than that.” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed Saturday by the AP, also defended his country’s right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won’t be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North’s regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don’t hold your breath.

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White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol, contain information from the joint congressional inquiry into “specific sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers while they were in the United States.”

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Relatives of the 43 missing students hold signs that translate to “We are missing 43, where are they,” after  listening to a special  report in Mexico City on Sunday. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)

Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students’ case

MEXICO CITY – There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expert group says that a study of 17 of the approximately 123 suspects arrested in the case showed signs of beatings, including, in some cases, dozens of bruises, cuts and scrapes.

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President Barack Obama waves as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smile from a balcony at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany, Sunday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

HANNOVER, Germany – President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it’s “indisputable” that such agreements strengthen the economy and make U.S. businesses more competitive worldwide. But he acknowledged that the clock is ticking on his faltering trade agenda. Obama, on a farewell visit to Germany as president, is trying to light a fire under stalled talks about a trans-Atlantic trade deal, a massive pact that would rewrite the rules for the billions in trade and investment between the European Union and the U.S. At a press conference, a trade show and a private dinner with chief executives, Obama tried to counter public skepticism about the unfinished deal with Europe, while also brushing off opposition from the 2016 presidential candidates to a pending Asia-Pacific trade pact.

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Cruz, Kasich strategies align with goal of beating Trump

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In an extraordinary move, Donald Trump’s Republican rivals late Sunday announced plans to coordinate primary strategies in upcoming states to deprive the GOP front-runner of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued near-simultaneous statements outlining an agreement that may be unprecedented in modern American politics. The Kasich campaign will give Cruz “a clear path in Indiana.” In return, the Cruz campaign will “clear the path” for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico.

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