May 27, 2015

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People from around the world coming to fight … for Islamic State

PANKISI GORGE, Georgia — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war. In Minneapolis, Minn., a 20-year-old stole her friend’s passport to make the same hazardous journey. From New Zealand, came a former security guard; from Canada, a hockey Read More…

Reports: Islamic State now controls Palmyra ruins

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq. The Islamic State’s capture of the town of Palmyra Read More…

Malaysia mounting naval search and rescue for migrants

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them to wash up on Southeast Asia’s shores. In Read More…

Video captures chaos of Waco gunfight

WACO, Texas — When gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, most of the leather-clad motorcycle riders watching the confrontation from the patio or inside immediately ran away from the shooting. A few tried to direct people to safety, crawling on all fours heading for cover. One biker ran away with blood Read More…

Cleanup of California oil spill starts; long process anticipated

GOLETA, Calif. — More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that’s some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline. Investigators Read More…

Survey: Schools tightened security after Sandy Hook shooting

WASHINGTON — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday. The uptick came during a four-year span that saw an overall decrease in violent crime reported by schools, but one Read More…

Domestic surveillance bill in limbo following debates, criticism

WASHINGTON — The fate of the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and more than 10 hours of criticisms by a GOP presidential candidate. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the most libertarian-leaning of the major Republican presidential contenders, dominated the Senate floor from 1:18 to 11:49 Read More…

Detroit, poster child for ‘white flight,’ starting to see trend’s reversal

DETROIT — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city’s overall population shrinks. Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents and Read More…

Letterman’s retirement signals end of era stretching back 60 years

NEW YORK — There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn’t suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they’re right. When David Letterman signed off CBS’ “Late Show” for good Wednesday, he closed the book on more than his own incomparable career in late night. He closed out a Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta

Cavs-SLIDE

ATLANTA — J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who Read More…