Actor James Cromwell escorted from NY event for heckling
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Actor James Cromwell escorted from NY event for heckling

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — Actor James Cromwell was one of two people escorted from an upstate New York business event for protesting an award given to an energy company. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/1SyXr1F ) that the 75-year-old actor whose work includes “Babe” and “L.A. Confidential” was removed from the Tuesday night … Continue reading

Kerry: We can defeat IS within ‘months’ of Syrian transition
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Kerry: We can defeat IS within ‘months’ of Syrian transition

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Islamic State can be defeated within “months” of a ceasefire between Syria’s government and moderate rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, urging the world to come together behind a peace strategy recently hashed out by the United States, Russia and other countries. Kerry said air power alone … Continue reading

Senate set to OK Republican bill unraveling health care law
Health / Lifestyle

Senate set to OK Republican bill unraveling health care law

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are pushing toward Senate approval of legislation demolishing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and halting Planned Parenthood’s federal money, setting up a veto fight the GOP knows it will lose but thinks will delight conservative voters. The White House promised a veto Wednesday, saying the bill would “take … Continue reading

Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage
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Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage

More alive than most of the year’s films put together, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” is urgent agitprop that pulsates with unalloyed rage for the “self-inflicted genocide” of South Chicago and explodes with full-hearted (and gloriously lewd) pleas for peace. It’s wildly uneven but it is wild. There’s plenty here to quibble with (the film’s title prompted … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It’s knotty
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Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It’s knotty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car. For hours, he holed up inside the clinic, unleashing a fusillade that wounded nine others and sent shoppers scattering inside surrounding buildings during a … Continue reading

Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV
Africa / Europe / Health / International News / Lifestyle

Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water. Francis was asked about the church’s opposition to condoms while returning … Continue reading