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Washington • In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White …

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  • File-This March 6, 2015, file photo shows Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon.  Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department. While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards
    Abington, Pa. • Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the d...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Smoke rises from an area due to Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) Saudi-led forces strike Yemen rebels, blockade ports
    Sanaa, Yemen • Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen’s ports as coalition airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on the southern port c...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • High court: Sex offender can challenge GPS monitoring
    Washington • The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a North Carolina sex offender should have another chance to challenge an order that he wear a GPS mon...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 05:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Roman Catholic clergymen carry palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Palm Sunday marks for Christians Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) Gallery: Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday
    Christians around the world are marking Palm Sunday by waving fronds, attending church services and visiting sites in the Holy Land at the start of th...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 10:13 am   |     |   Share

  • Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber
    Boston • Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw ...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This May 6, 2014 photo courtesy of the Quay County Sun, shows construction crews working on a shaft that will house an intake structure on the south shore of Ute Lake near Logan, N.M. The shaft, is the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s $550 million Ute pipeline project. The pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water each year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities.  The lifeline, however, may not actually reach the region for more than a decade before wells dry up, and officials say some areas don’t have that long before wells dry up.  The slow pace of construction underscores the challenges that many states are facing.  (AP Photo/Quay County Sun,Thomas Garcia) Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects in Utah, other states
    Albuquerque, N.M. • A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico repre...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 05:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, shows a variety of apples in Concord, N.H. A study published Monday, March 30, 2015, in JAMA Internal Medicine challenges the old adage: An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says
    Chicago • An apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. That’s according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image made from video and released by WJLA-TV, authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday, March 30, 2015. A spokesman at Fort Meade says two people are being treated for injuries at one of the gates of the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT U.S. official: Reports say 1 dead in firefight after car tries to ram Fort Meade gate
    Fort Meade, Md. • One person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., mil...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 09:39 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, right, and the head of the National Park Foundation Dan Wenk walk at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service will launch a major campaign Thursday, April 2 in New York City to raise support and introduce a new, more diverse generation of millennials and children to National parks call on Americans to ‘Find Your Park’
    Washington • After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the most beautiful and historic places in the country, though there’s als...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Indiana's law has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) After backlash, Indiana plans language to ‘clarify’ religious objections law
    Indianapolis • Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said Monday they’re working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doe...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 09:37 am   |     |   Share
  • (President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt delivers a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club Monday, March 30, 2015. The Associated Press)   is calling for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage, the news agency’s president said on Monday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime
    Hong Kong • The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill jo...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) Iran nuclear talks at crunch time, differences remain
    Lausanne, Switzerland • Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with substantial differences still remaining less ...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Onlookers stop near the crash site just west of 202 where the small plane went down in the rear of a property on Saunders Lane, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The small plane crashed near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport and took the lives of the only two people aboard the aircraft, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Bryant)  Co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago
    Dusseldorf, Germany • How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds ...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific after earthquake
    Sydney • Officials are warning that hazardous tsunami waves could hit some coastlines in the Pacific after a powerful earthquake struck near the South...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This March 27, 2015 photo provided by the National Park Service's National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) shows the fire shelter currently in use, removed from its protective pouch, at the NIFC in Boise, Idaho. The U.S. Forest Service is working to improve equipment and strategy following the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire where officials said flames and heat went beyond the current fire shelter's protective capabilities. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Tina Boehle) Forest Service eyes development of improved shelter to save firefighters’ lives
    Boise, Idaho • The man tapped by the U.S. Forest Service to come up with a better fire shelter once had to get inside one on the side of a burning mou...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Police: 2nd body found 3 days after NYC blast
    New York • Emergency workers found a second body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this undated image provided by Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, residents, from left, Wilma Purvis, 94, Jo Pyle, 90, and Sylvia Palcic, 87, pose for a photo that appears on the cover of the Barberton, Ohio facility's charity calendar. Money from the $12 calendars goes toward providing shoes for local children. (AP Photo/Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living) Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
    Akron, Ohio • The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn’t stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohi...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 08:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cookie monster: Thief takes cash box at Girl Scout sale
    Rochester, N.H. • A thief in New Hampshire apparently had a craving for cash, not cookies. Rochester police say they are looking for a man who stole a...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed its meager counter terrorism benefits.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) AP Exclusive: Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program
    Washington • The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before ...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border near Rio Grande City, Texas. Drowning deaths have spiked since last fall as a surge of law enforcement along the Mexico border prompts immigrants, desperate to avoid detection by a surge of law enforcement, to choose more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
    Mission, Texas • A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river....
    Updated Mar 29 2015 10:58 am   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Indiana governor: New religious objection law ‘not about discrimination’
    Indianapolis • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination ag...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 02:39 pm   |     |   Share