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33 pounds of fentanyl – enough to wipe out Massachusetts – seized in Boston

Boston authorities said they seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl—enough to kill millions of people—in connection with one of Massachusetts’ biggest drug busts ever.<p>In announcing the results of a six-month wiretap probe called "Operation High Hopes," prosecutors said the synthetic opioid was …

Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory.<p>Lawmakers cleared the measure easily and Trump signed it …

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

‘Mother of All Bombs’ Killed Dozens of Militants, Afghan Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after the United States military dropped its most powerful conventional bomb on caves used by Islamic State affiliates in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed, but that they were still trying to assess the full extent of …

Afghanistan

Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump privately signed a bill on Thursday that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, a group frequently targeted by Republicans.<p>The bill, which the usually camera-friendly …

Donald Trump

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 adverts emphasize display and new form-factor

The hype crescendo for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 shows no sign of stopping. That’s hardly a surprise because <i>holy crap</i>, this is an amazing phone, and it can’t come soon enough.<p>To whet your S8 whistle, Samsung has dropped three new made-for-TV adverts on YouTube, each demonstrating a feature of …

Iraq resumes offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, prime minister says

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi forces resumed their offensive against the Islamic State in Mosul on Sunday after a weeks-long pause, aiming to capture the militant-controlled western half of the city, where the tight, impassable streets and teeming neighborhoods will pose a formidable challenge to the …

Middle East

Grammys 2017: 10 things to know, from Adele’s flubbed song to Beyoncé’s epic performance

British singer-songwriter Adele cleaned up at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning the top prize for album of the year — but she dedicated her award to Beyoncé. Here are the 10 things you need to know from the nearly four-hour show:<p><i>[Adele swept the Grammys. Don’t act so surprised.]</i><p><b>1) Adele wins big</b> …

Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for "refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said.<p>"(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice," the White House statement said.<p>Dana …

Donald Trump

Auto Stocks Slump After Trump Threatens German Carmakers

Shares in German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen fell on Monday after United States President-elect Donald Trump warned he will impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported from abroad to the U.S. market.<p>All three carmakers have invested heavily in factories in Mexico, where …

Kyrgyzstan plane crash: 'Crew error' and weather examined

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bad weather and possible 'crew error' appeared to be an early focus of an inquiry into what caused a Boeing 747 freighter to crash Monday in a village near Kyrgyzstan's capital.<p>The jumbo Turkish freighter slammed into the village of Dacha-Suu on the outskirts of Bishkek, killing 37 people …

Airplanes

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in …

Health Care

After Trump’s victory, the world is left to wonder: What happened to America?

LONDON — Allies recoiled. Adversaries rejoiced. And on the day after U.S. voters made Donald Trump the country’s 45th president, the world was left to collectively wonder: What happened to America?<p>The question hung in the air even as once-unthinkable congratulatory messages poured into Trump Tower …

Trump attacks Clinton over email; she condemns his treatment of women

DADE CITY, Fla. — Hillary Clinton and her allies on Tuesday intensified their attacks on Donald Trump’s character and temperament, as they sought to shift scrutiny away from news that the FBI had revived an investigation into her email practices at the State Department.<p>As part of that effort, …

ISIL militants come under attack on two fronts in Iraq

Iraqi government forces are keeping up the pressure on ISIL militants – pounding their positions in Falluja.<p>According to a report by AFP quoting army commanders, Iraqi forces have entered the city, which was one of the first in Iraq to fall to the militant group in 2014.<p>Reuters quotes a military …

Under Attack

Iraqi troops drive into Fallouja in offensive to retake it from Islamic State

Iraqi government troops began storming the<p>Islamic State-held city of Fallouja on Monday, army officials said, even as the jihadist group waged suicide attacks in the nearby Iraqi capital, Baghdad.<p>"Security forces from the counter-terrorism and army and … Anbar police units began at dawn this …

700+ migrants missing or feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 65 migrants have died in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea in the past week. And with hundreds still missing, officials fear the death toll could soar above 700.<p>Most of the victims were on three ill-fated boats.<p>About 100 people remained missing Sunday after a boat capsized …

Fears over flying to Egypt only increase after crash of flight MS804

The crash of flight MS804 with 66 people on board on Thursday once again raises fears over the safety of passengers flying to Egypt – and over levels of airport security there and elsewhere.<p>No theory, technical or terror-related, has been ruled out for the disappearance of the Airbus A320, a modern …

Airplanes

Periscope suicide could lead to closer scrutiny of live-streaming

Live-streaming has brought a lot of mindless entertainment to the world (and perhaps even some useful information), but there’s a potential, and emerging, darker side to services that allow viewers to watch anything you do as it happens, and authorities are still working out how to deal with the …

'Club Drug' Ketamine Rescues Suicidal Patients: Study

A ‘club drug’ used as an anesthetic can help clear up the distraught thinking of people on the brink of suicide, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>Half the patients given infusions of ketamine said they experienced relief from their thoughts of suicide, Dr. Dawn Ionescu of Massachusetts General Hospital …