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Rising two target of debate rancor

Rubio, Cruz forced to fend off N.H. rivals

Subscriber onlyMANCHESTER, N.H. -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, first-term senators on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals challenging Cruz's campaign tactics and Rubio's readiness to be president. Continue reading...

States finding consensus on guns, domestic abuse

Subscriber onlyIOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns. Continue reading...

Weight limits wobble as female Marines bulk up

Subscriber onlyAs the Pentagon grapples with how to integrate women into all jobs in combat, the Marine Corps is considering something new: boosting how heavy it allows women to be so that they are able to bulk up in the gym to carry heavy loads more easily. Continue reading...

People of New England dig out

Snowstorm leaves thousands in dark

Subscriber onlyBOSTON -- New England is digging out from its first big snowfall of the season that dumped more than a foot in some places and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, as forecasters eye another potential winter storm early this week. Continue reading...

Twitter targets terrorist accounts

Company says 125,000 suspended for promoting violence

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced. Continue reading...

91 prisoners left at Guantanamo

2,000 troops guard them; Obama’s closure plan forthcoming

Subscriber onlyGUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. Continue reading...

Fliers say benefits few from airlines

Profits up; charges too, customers say

Subscriber onlyHelped by falling oil prices, airlines are reporting record profits. But for many passengers this has meant little more than extra bags of free peanuts and pretzels. Continue reading...

Slain family of six targeted, police say

Subscriber onlyCHICAGO — Police said they believe six family members found dead in their southwest Chicago home were killed in a “targeted incident,” though they’re still trying to determine a possible motive. Continue reading...

Cuomo tries to stop gay-conversion therapy in N.Y.

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay-conversion therapy. Continue reading...

Quakes shaking up some Oklahomans

Subscriber onlyOKLAHOMA CITY — The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater. Continue reading...

Voters point to trust in Clinton, Sanders race

Subscriber onlyPORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is working to convince voters that she is authentic. Continue reading...

Washington news in brief

Subscriber onlyUALR team in D.C., 3rd in competition Continue reading...

Los Angeles residents near gas leak worried return is too soon

Subscriber onlyLOS ANGELES — With a possible end in sight to a 15-week gas leak, residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to contaminated homes. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyObama to push for clean-energy funds Continue reading...

CDC stands by tip on women and alcohol

Subscriber onlyThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defended a recommendation that sexually active women refrain from drinking alcohol if they are not using birth control after it spurred a strong backlash. Continue reading...

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