April 25, 2015

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Saudi Arabia ends airstrikes in Yemen; rebel supporters take to the streets

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, was calm overnight and into Wednesday morning after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its month-long airstrikes targeting Yemen’s Iran-backed Shiite rebels and their allies, a campaign that has claimed hundreds of lives and pushed the impoverished Arab country deeper into chaos. For the residents, it was the quietest Read More…

After shipwreck, Italy presses EU for reforms in human trafficking

ROME — Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti also said human traffickers must be targeted with military intervention. “We know where the Read More…

UPDATED: Michelle Obama to speak at Oberlin commencement

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OBERLIN — Ten years of Oberlin College students’ work helping high school students achieve collegiate success caught the attention of the first lady of the United States. On May 25, Michelle Obama will give a speech at Oberlin College’s commencement where she will be presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Her choice to Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, April 21

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UN says migrant boat disaster is the worst on record in Mediterranean The United Nations refugee agency estimates more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with refugees trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday. 2. Read More…

Weekend shipwreck deadliest ever in Mediterranean

CATANIA, Sicily — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, making it the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean. New details of the tragedy were emerging as the U.N. High Commissioner Refugees and Read More…

Jeb Bush on new frontier in politics: Delegating responsibility to super PAC

DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash. The concept, in development for months as the former Florida governor has raised tens of Read More…

Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic State

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, he wasn’t easily deterred. The Minnesota man emptied his bank accounts last May and planned to fly to Syria via San Diego, federal officials say, but his family confronted him and he set his plans aside. In Read More…

Sales sputtering, earnings down, but McDonald’s isn’t dead yet

NEW YORK — McDonald’s sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won’t end soon. Its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday aren’t expected to be pretty either, and there’s a chance its dominance will continue to wane as newer players keep Read More…

Amid optimism, U.S.-Cuba relationship challenges ballplayers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse. On the way, a dozen fans waited just outside a fence, calling the 6-foot-2 Cuban slugger’s name, holding out balls and gloves and begging for autographs and selfies. “Where’s the fat Read More…

Life or death for Tsarnaev? Penalty phase to begin in Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are getting ready to hear evidence on what his punishment should be — life in prison or the death penalty — as survivors and victims’ families weigh in with their views. The penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial is set to begin Tuesday in Read More…