US tightens security on nuclear inspections

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale.

Soy 'milk'? Even federal agencies can't agree on terminology

NEW YORK — Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term “soy milk,” but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture “fervently” wanted to use the term “soy milk” in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit. That irked the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees the federal rule defining milk as coming from healthy cows.

Children at risk as Vatican hospital chased profits

ROME — When doctors and nurses at the Vatican's showcase children's hospital complained in 2014 that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored, the Vatican responded by ordering up a secret in-house investigation. The diagnosis: The original mission of “the pope's hospital” had been lost and was “today more aimed at profit than on caring for children.”

 

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel U-turn

BERLIN — German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, but paved the way for its passage by allowing members of her conservative party to vote according to their conscience.

Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence

CHICAGO — Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.”

 

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.

 

Thousands in Arizona flee flames as wildfires sweep West

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.

Three Chicago officers accused of lying about teen's shooting

CHICAGO — Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times — which prompted outrage when a video of the killing was finally released.

Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse

GANZHOU, China — A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with the sharp end of a high-heeled shoe.

Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million

ST. LOUIS  — The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents, the city attorney said Friday.

Suicide car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 11, wounds 20

QUETTA, Pakistan  — A suicide car bomber struck near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 20, officials said. A breakaway Taliban faction later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A top Al-Jazeera official on Friday denounced demands to shut down the network by countries involved in a dispute with its host nation Qatar as an attempt to suppress free expression.

Indian troops kills 3 rebels, protester in disputed Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India  — Government forces killed three suspected Kashmiri rebels in fighting in the disputed region Thursday and fatally shot a rock-throwing protester during an ensuing rally demanding an end to Indian rule, officials said.

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

LONDON  — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca ...

Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.

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