March 3, 2015

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German Parliament approves Greece’s bailout extension

A member of the green party has a paper with the words "Ja zu Europa!" - Yes to Europe on his table during a debate at the German parliament, the Bundestag on Friday. Germany's Parliament will vote on a four-month bailout extension for Greece with a large majority of lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc signaling their backing. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions. Greece was granted the extension by its European creditors in exchange for a commitment to budget reforms. Germany is Read More…

Ukraine rebels seen withdrawing heavy weapons front line

NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist fighters in east Ukraine moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops Friday in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month. Associated Press journalists in the morning followed four trucks carrying Grad launchers from the rebel Read More…

Antarctica: Mystery continent holds key to mankind’s future

Penguins walk on the shore of Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. Antarctica “is big and it’s changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we can’t afford to ignore what’s going on down there,” said David Vaughan, science director of the British Antarctic Survey. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents. Clues to answering humanity’s most basic questions are locked in this continental freezer the size of the United States and half of Canada: Where did we come Read More…

Indiana may allow ‘baby boxes’ for surrendering newborns

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what’s inside could save an abandoned newborn’s life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to Read More…

Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

A patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. “Are e-cigarettes a step toward a cigarette smoker getting off of Read More…

‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

Actor Kevin Spacey poses for photographers upon arrival at the House Of Cards season 3 World Premiere at the Empire Cinema in central London, Thursday. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, “House of Cards” already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix’s expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had “House of Cards” flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Read More…

FCC OKs rules for Internet providers

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing and vote on Net Neutrality in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic. The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era of Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Feb. 26

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Feds foil Islamic State plot Two men are charged with plotting to help the extremist group while a third is accused of providing funding to it. 2. Homeland Security bill advances in Senate Two days from a Read More…

Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

A Homeland Security police officer, second from right, joins a Federal court police officer, far right, as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges, Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels,” federal authorities said. Read More…

Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren’t ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding Read More…